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[7 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
InsideAR Comes to Tokyo

InsideAR is an augmented reality expo which takes place in Munich each year. Put on my AR product manufacturers Metaio, InsideAR is the largest augmented reality conference in the world. What started as a small group of computer vision researchers back in 2006 has become an international showcase of the incredible potential of AR applications. Below is a video of some highlights of last year’s event in Munich.

This year InsideAR will be doing their first event in Tokyo. Being a media sponsor, TokyoTek is excited about seeing potentially …

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[6 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
Augmented Reality T-Shirts Give You New Ways to Mess with Friends

Give your friends superpowers, pit them against each other, shatter their crystal hearts into tiny little pieces. That’s what this commercial for a line of augmented reality t-shirts say you can do. Check out these ASOBERU-T (asoberu means “to play”)

Developed by advertising company Dentsu, these AR t-shirts come with an app that lets you interact with the designs. By simply holding your cellphone camera over the t-shirt, you’ll see elements such as characters pop-up. You’ll be able to play with these designs and save the images to you’re phone and …

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[22 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
AR Technology that Makes Food Look Bigger so Your Waist Doesn’t [Video]

Here’s some high-tech help to keep you on that diet of yours. “Augmented Satiety” is augmented reality technology that limits a user’s consumption of food by changing the apparent size of the meal item. According to the makers of the device, recent psychological studies have shown that the amount of food consumed is not only influenced by actual volume but also external factors. They deduced that if we eat something that looks larger we are convinced that we’re full sooner than if we eat smaller looking food.

The demonstration shows a …

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[21 Sep 2011 | One Comment | ]
3D Characters You Can Touch

RePro3D is a naked eye, multi-perspective 3D display that allows users to “touch” 3D characters. Using an infra-red sensor, the system recognizes the position of the user’s finger and the displayed 3D character responds to the virtual contact. The group is also working on a device worn on the finger that simulates for the user, the sensation of touching something when the character is poked.
What are the possible uses of this technology? According to Keitaro Shimizu of Keio University:
“There are many attractive characters in animations and games, but since those …

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[19 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
A Better Way to Take Self Portraits

Seriously, there should be a better way of talking self-portrait photos that standing in front of a bathroom mirror. Of course any modern digital camera has a timer setting and more professional models come with remote controls, but is there a way to make it even easier to take a photo of yourself? Shaowei Chu and Jiro Tanaka of the University of Tsukuba have developed a system to allows the user to control a camera by the use of hand gestures.

Much like a Kinect program, the system displays a live …

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[19 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Sony Develops Markerless AR Technology

Sony has developed markerless augmented reality (AR) technology which they’re calling “SmartAR”. Instead of using 2D markers, SmartAR can generate on-screen virtual images from everyday objects such as menus and posters. SmartAR technology uses “object recognition technology” to achieve the markerless functionality and also Sony’s own proprietary “3D space recognition technology” which they use in their research robots such as AIBO. It also boasts extremely accurate high-speed tracking, 3D space recognition and interactivity.

Live demo

What does this mean? A lot more freedom and flexible for AR games and applications. If this …

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[27 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
This Week in Japan Tech – Feb 27

World’s 1st Full-blown ‘AR Glasses’
Augmented reality (AR) head mounted displays (HMD) are nothing new. But what’s different about these AR glasses form Vuzix Corp is that they don’t block your view of the real world, the only enhance it. When you put on the glasses they are transparent, then with the HMD operational computer generated images are super imposed onto the user’s field of view. Images are generated via small projectors that cast light that reaches the naked eye by light guiding lenses and holographic film. The glasses uses a …

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[7 Jan 2011 | One Comment | ]
Ultraman Transformation using a Kinect Hack

These Kinect hacks coming out keep blowing my mind. Here is Japanese YouTube user hogehoge335 demonstrating his heroic transformation into Ultra Seven, a version of the popular super hero Utraman. Watch Hogehoge don the Ultra suit, shoot energy beams at real objects and even fly.

It would have been cool if the entire suit was 3D, but this is pure awesome. Agent 340 would be impressed.

Via: Asiajin

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[29 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Yummy Virtual Cookies

A device that lets you virtually change the flavor and appearance a cookie while eating it. With “Metacookie +” the user (eater?) is hooked up to goggles so they can see the design of the cookie that they are eating. The taste is simulated by synthesized scents delivered by seven tubes.
I’ve been racking my brain to think of how this could be used commercially. Probably in future when all plant and animal life is wiped out. And all we have to eat is a gruel of synthesized carbohydrates and amino …

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[25 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Two Movies, One TV, No Problem! – Laval Virtual

Laval Virtual is a French event showcasing innovations in virtual and augmented reality. At Tokyo’s DC Expo 2010 they presented two exhibits.
Scritter developed by Japan’s Kanagawa Institute of Technology, is a setup that allows users to to view two different movies on the same screen at the same time without split-screen. So it’s possible for parents to watch the news and the kids to play video games on the same TV. You can watch Stallone rearrange someone’s face while your girlfriend watches the latest romantic comedy in your arms.
This is …