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Latest significant advancements in augmented reality. Reporting on the far-reaching impacts of improvements in AR on society and humanity.

Are People in Silicon Valley Just Smarter?

Why is Silicon Valley better at innovating than most of the world? Why are the number of successful startups so high there? Where is the next Mecca of tech-startup success going to emerge? This post is about where...

The World in 2025: 8 Predictions for the Next 10 Years

In 2025, in accordance with Moore's Law, we'll see an acceleration in the rate of change as we move closer to a world of true abundance. Here are eight areas where we'll see extraordinary transformation in...
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Stanford Virtual Reality Lab Ditches $40K Rig for $350 Oculus Rift

Ever since the Oculus Rift first started blowing minds a few years ago, virtual reality hasn’t just been a hot topic, it’s inspired a $2 billion Facebook acquisition and a mob of competitors. Immersive...

Signs Virtual Reality and Crowdfunding Are Going Mainstream

Three exciting developments — that I believe you should know about — happened in technology this week. In this blog, I want to share them with you and give you context. Pebble Time Crowdfunding > $20 million A few...

Disrupting Real Estate

How you buy real estate is changing. Forever. This post is about the two key exponential technologies converging to eliminate the middle-man (i.e. the real estate broker) and the headache of shopping for a home. If you’ve...

Summit Spain: We’re Going to Rewire the Way Your Brain Views the Future

There’s a story about Napoleon that goes something like this: At a state dinner, he gave his soldiers silver utensils and his court gold. But the guest of honor, the king of Siam, was...
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Virtual Reality Is Coming: But What Will Make It Worth Visiting?

Morpheus, Gear, Rift, Vive—the list of prospective virtual reality devices is growing longer. And although this latest chapter in virtual reality was born in Oculus founder Palmer Luckey’s garage a few years ago, now...

Ray Kurzweil’s Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years

In my new book BOLD, one of the interviews that I’m most excited about is with my good friend Ray Kurzweil. Bill Gates calls Ray, “the best person I know at predicting the future of...

These 11 Technologies Will Go Big in 2015

If you thought 2014 was thrilling, here's a look at what I'm most excited about for 2015. Here are 11 of the most exciting new technologies moving from deceptive to disruptive this year. 1. Virtual...

Skully Motorcycle Helmet Not Quite Iron Man, But a Taste of Our Augmented Reality Future

If Tony Stark designed a motorcycle helmet, it might look a little like Skully. Sleek black (or white) with an aerodynamic fin. A visor that changes tint at the touch of a finger. A rear...

Star Trek-Style Holodeck Coming into Focus at Lowe’s

We’ve all done it — gone into a store to figure out what we wanted to buy only to go home and buy it online from whoever offered the lowest price and free returns....

GravitySketch Tablet Is a Portable 3D Augmented Reality Sketchpad For Designers

There’s an imposing wall dividing real world creation and digital design. To transfer a paper design to a computer, you need training and experience in technically demanding computer assisted design (CAD) programs. Instead, imagine if...

Unlike Samantha in the Movie Her, Artificial Intelligence Will Have a Body

The recent movie, Her, chronicles the romantic relationship between a man, Theodore Twombly, and an intelligent operating system named Samantha in the year 2025. Samantha is not just smart, she’s empathetic. She’s not static,...

Leap Motion’s Gesture Control Finds Niche Uses in Medicine, Art and Augmented Reality

We first became acquainted with Leap Motion back in 2012. The company makes a small device about the size and shape of a pack of gum that uses infrared sensors and clever software to...

Neurogames are Ready to Take Flight — Expect a Breakout Year Ahead

“We’re very close.” In just three words, Palmer Luckey of OculusVR fame, perfectly summarized not only where virtual reality stands, but perhaps the entire neurogaming industry. Luckey was on hand to present with other industry...

Don’t Have Google Glass Yet? Now’s Your Chance!

Google must get more free advertising than any firm on the planet. When they recently announced they’d briefly open their Glass Explorer Program to everyone in the US on April 15, major publications ran...

Facebook’s Oculus Acquisition Disheartens Some, But Won’t End Virtual Reality Rebound

Palmer Luckey, inventor of the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, was literally hacking VR goggles in his garage 18 months ago. Now, he’s a billionaire. A little over a month after paying $19 billion...

Virtual Arm Eases Amputee’s Phantom Limb Pain

Swedish researchers created an augmented reality system in which myoelectric electrodes on an amputee patient's stump indicated his attempted muscle movements for the missing arm, and an arm image on screen reflected those movements back to him. The patient reported that his chronic phantom limb pain diminished dramatically.

Meta Launches Its AR Eyeglass Hologram Computer To Compete With Glass

Meta, a Silicon Valley startup with an Israeli Defense Forces veteran at the helm, has opted to try to out-perform Glass in functionality, even if it means a significantly less lightweight product. The company recently opened pre-ordering for its first consumer product, Mega Pro glasses.

CastAR Augmented Reality Glasses Blow Up on Kickstarter

There are all kinds of companies experimenting with augmented and virtual reality right now. Google Glass projects a screen onto your retina. Oculus Rift straps a display to your face. Meta SpaceGlasses beam a hologram out in front of you. Now you can add another player to the game—castAR. CastAR is a headmounted augmented reality engine that projects a 3D image on a surface and allows users to interact with it—while playing virtual games like Dungeons and Dragons or Risk, for example.

Eyeglass-Mounted Computing Becomes Crowded Field As Glass Competitors Ramp Up

Google Glass has generated a lot of buzz, but the eyeglass-mounted, touch- and voice-operated computer is still not available to the general public. And while Google has hyped and beta-tested, competing “point-of-view” devices have begun to emerge. With competitors’ approaches ranging from conventional eyeglasses with an embedded digital camera to glasses that allow users to manipulate three-dimensional holograms in the air, point-of-view computing is becoming a crowded and diverse field in which Glass will have to compete.

Open Glass Overlays Digital Information on the Real World With Google Glass

Google Glass is augmented reality—and then again, it isn’t. At least, not yet. True augmented reality would take in your view and attach applicable information to any object you like, maybe the name of the person you’re currently talking to and a few key points from their Facebook bio. Or the prices of those delicious pastries you’re perusing at the local café. Think Terminator or Tony Stark's Iron Man suit.

Musk Tests Oculus Rift, Leap Motion Controller to Design 3D Printed Rocket Parts

It’s been said Iron Man’s Tony Stark (the movie version) was modeled after Elon Musk. Apparently, the admiration's mutual. Musk is now modeling his space exploration firm, SpaceX, after Iron Man. Or Minority Report. Or name the sci-fi film or show with gesture-based 3D computer systems. (There are more.)

Leap Motion “Minority Report” Controller Ships, First Reviews a Mixed Bag

Remember watching Tony Stark design his Iron Man suit with a few flicks of his hands, rearranging digital parts and pieces projected in midair? It’ll be like that. Or even better, it’ll be like Tom Cruise in Minority Report. The air was thick with pop sci-fi references as folks awaited the touchless Leap controller over the last year, and we were (are) right there in the thick of it. (And I suppose we just added another one. Shoot.) After a few delays, the Leap was finally released in July, and you can almost feel the air being let out of the balloon. It was probably inevitable. The bar was set pretty high by the press and Leap alike. But we might add, a little deflation doesn’t invalidate the surge of interest the concept kicked up. People love this idea.

CrowdOptic To Put Augmented Reality Art Gallery in Toronto Cityscape

In two weeks, tens of thousands of people will fill the streets of Toronto for the seventh annual Luminato Festival to see beautiful works of art, hear great music, and enjoy the sights of...

Virtual And Real Objects Meet And Become Smarter Objects At MIT

Smarter Object combines the adaptability of digital interfaces with the ease of use of real world devices.

Google Glass Becoming The Definitive Tech Story of 2013

Ahh, Google Glass. Even before the masses have had a chance to get a good look at you in the wild, tech enthusiasts are enamored with you, speculating about all that you can do and how society won't be the same after your arrival. The lucky few who've welcomed you into their lives seem to gush about your awesomeness and become overnight evangelists, even though all your potential has yet to be fully realized.

Hype or Hope? We’ll Soon Find Out – Leap Motion “Minority Report” Controller Ships in May

Leap Motion caused quite a stir in 2012 when they unveiled their super precise motion-sensing device, the Leap Motion Controller. (The Leap sensor is capable of detecting details as small as the head of a pin.) On Wednesday, Leap Motion announced plans to ship the first batch of pre-ordered Leap Controllers Monday, May 13th—less than a year after the tech was introduced. The device will be available in Best Buy stores May 19th.

Google Glass Drops “Project” Status, Opens Testing To The Public

The time has come for Google Glass to drop its "Project" moniker and move into the hands of the public. No, the wirelessly connected eyewear hasn't hit the shelves just yet, but Google has taken the next step in bringing the device to market. The company has announced the "If I Had Glass" promotion allowing members of the public the opportunity to get their hands on the Explorer prototype that few have been able to test. Additionally, a sleek Glass-devoted website has launched with a new commercial called "How It Feels" that helps to better define exactly what the device can and can't do.

New Software Reveals “Hidden Information” In Video Footage

Leave it up to those brainiacs at MIT to come up with a technology like this. With a nifty video processing program they’re able to see changes impossible to see with the naked eye....
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Leap Motion ‘Minority Report’ Computer Interface Preps For Big 2013

Mid-2012, Leap Motion unveiled the most accurate motion sensing technology on the market to date. The Leap detects every subtle finger flick and hand gesture with up to 1/100th of a millimeter precision and...

A Google Surprise — Worldwide Alternative Reality Game Ingress Revealed

Google is venturing again into the realm of augmented reality with its reveal of a new mobile game called Ingress. Though the multiplayer game is currently in closed beta, Google has built a marketing campaign...

2013 — The Dawn Of Wearable Computing?

Sooner rather than later you'll have a computer attached to your face, and for some, it'll happen as early as next year. Why? Because the era of wearable computing is dawning as startups and...
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Founders of Leap Motion: Our Amazing 3D Tracking Will Be Everywhere

In the past few weeks the Leap Motion device has sent shudders of delight through gadget lovers and computer designers alike by promising a new kind of ultra-accurate, and very cheap, optical 3D tracking...

Leap 3D Offers Amazing Gesture-Based Control of Your Computer for Just $70

For the last six years, game consoles have been the developers hot spot for motion control, but finally good old computers are getting some love. A startup called Leap Motion has announced the development of...
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Talking With the Founders of Vergence Labs: First Steps Towards Merging Man and Machine

There are few fuels as potent as youth and genius, and Vergence Labs is sitting on a powder keg. The fledgling startup in Palo Alto is comprised of Erick Miller and Jon Rodriguez a...

Google Unveils Augmented-Reality Glasses, Its Vision Of The Post-PC Era

Google's venture into augmented reality has finally come out into the light of day. The Android-running device are glasses that aren't really glasses, but more like frames with one small lens over the right...
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Sphero, the $130 Robot Ball That’s Also a Video Game, Rolls Out in December

Robots. Video Games. Smart phones. What do they all have in common? Sphero. The robotic ball that you control via your iOS or Android device is the flagship product of startup Orbotix. Not only...
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The Latest Updates to Augmented Reality: 3D and Gravity

Augmented reality allows you to look through the camera on your mobile phone and see a digital world superimposed on the real one. Metaio allows augmented reality to actually understand the physical world. The...
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Sphero, The Robot Ball You Control With Your Phone, Is Getting Ready To Roll Into Your Home

Orbotix has the hottest set of robot balls out there, and it's finally showing what they really look like to the public. The Boulder-based startup recently released photos and video of the final form...

Augmented Reality Browser Makes Your Mobile A Portal Into the Digital World

I don't know if you noticed, but a parallel Earth has merged with our own, overlapping our reality no matter where we go. I'm talking about the digital realm - the confluence of internet,...

TRON is Coming, You Can Already Drive a Light Cycle On Your Phone (video)

I've crashed my motorcycle dozens of times in the past few days. Don't worry, it's virtual. Coke Zero has teamed up with the upcoming TRON: Legacy movie and created a fun new smart phone...

Look Inside $2000 Augmented Reality Glasses (video)

You may think the ability to reshape your world as you see fit would be priceless, but it's not. Vuzix will sell it to you for $2000. Their Wrap920AR glasses allow users to combine...

New Augmented Reality Software Removes Objects From Video Feeds In Realtime

What if you could remove all the ugliness in the world? It's not a hypothetical question. Researchers at Ilmenau University of Technology in Germany have developed a new augmented reality technique that erases images...

Catching Augmented Reality Butterflies on Your iPhone to Earn Free Stuff (video)

If you see some crazy person waving their phone around like they're trying to hit an imaginary bug, don't worry - they're just catching coupons. The Mobile Art Lab in Japan has developed a...

Augmented Reality On Your Glasses, Maps in Your Eyes (video)

How do you know you're watching a science fiction movie? Easy - there's always someone who has a video, or message, or digital map, that appears directly on their glasses. Futuristic specs are such...

Japan’s Taking Its Virtual Girlfriend on a Real Date

Dude, have you seen Japan's girlfriend? She's totally hot for an imaginary chick. The resort town of Atami, Japan hit upon a remarkable way to help its ailing economy: cater to men with virtual girlfriends....

Japan’s Augmented Reality Teleconference Room (video)

Get ready for teleconferencing in the round. NTT, the world's second largest telecomm, has developed a new video room that allows users to share an overlapping virtual environment. Dubbed the t-Room, NTT's next generation...

MIT’s Robot Lamp with Augmented Reality (video)

MIT has created its own version of a magic lamp. Nathan Linder of the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT Media Lab has created the LuminAR Bulb, a compact system that combines a pico projector,...

Parrot’s AR Drone Gets Cool New Augmented Reality Games (video)

Just in time for the E3 Expo, Parrot has released new augmented reality video games for its awesome AR Drone. Able to put any geek into a fit, the flying quad-copter is piloted using...

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