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Take a look in the Augmented Reality Mirror

It seems like just yesterday that I was reporting on some advancement in Augmented reality. Actually, wait, it was yesterday.

Today, it is an augmented reality mirror. It involves making a 3D map of your face, so you can make tweaks on your own reflection.

You can watch a video of it after the jump. The first time I watched it, I could not see much of a difference between the image on the left and the image on the right. However, you really have to look for subtleties.

For example, you will notice that the man’s nose is thinner. I believe that the purpose of this augmented reality mirror is to show what the user would look like after plastic surgery procedures.

I would like to see some more interesting work done with this mirror. For example, a way to look at it and see an image of yourself as a Vulcan from Star Trek or one of the Na’vi from Avatar.

I guess that we are not quite “there” yet with the technology, and I am told that these guys want to create a smartphone app for this augmented reality mirror, but that technology is not here yet either, as most smartphones can’t handle the processing power of this mirror.

We will see what the future has to offer. You can check it out at the International Conference on Image Processing in Brussels, Belgium.

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The OutRun AR Project

Some of you might remember playing a game back in the eighties known as Out Run. Imagine playing the same game, but instead of an arcade, you are on a moving vehicle?

This is the Out Run project, by Garnet Hertz. It uses an electric golf cart that allows players to navigate their way around real-life courses using arcade controls.

It uses some customized software that can automatically look in front of a car and then reproduce the route on the game cabin’s screen. It even does it in 8-bit form! You can check it out in a video after the jump.

So basically, we are looking at one of those sit down driving racing games, only someone is actually racing! I believe that it is possible to race on a real track, but it had better be clear of pedestrians.

In case you think that this has been developed just for fun, you would be wrong. Apparently, the developers are finding that this tech can be used for making game-based therapies for disabled users, such as augmented reality based wheelchairs.

Is it possible that we could recreate this type of technology for other video games? For example, could we make a drive-able Pac-man game designed for real mazes?

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AppToyz Blaster

The iPhone is one smart device that has its fair share of apps which many folks think it can do just about anything, but what about helping save the earth from the threat of an alien invasion? Sure, we have seen such a scenario unfold many times over in the past on the silver screen, but when you think about it in terms of a mobile perspective, this is where the £19.99 AppToyz Blaster comes in handy.

After all, surely even Steve Jobs would not have envisioned that his iPhone would have ended up as a crosshair cum monitor device that could be fitted onto an alien-blasting rifle. The awesome AppToyz Blaster reverses that trend, and will definitely result in one immersive augmented reality environment, as long as you have an iPhone 3GS or better.

In some ways, those who have played Time Crisis or Virtua Cop in the arcades would have an easier time learning how to best use the AppToyz Blaster, as you can ‘reload’ the rifle simply by tilting it backwards – but do it quickly because aliens are crawling all over the place and they can’t wait to bury you under a hail of gunfire. Angry what? AppToyz Blaster is in!


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Augmented Reality Cinema shows you the scene where it was filmed

Normally, I don’t report on Apps here, as we could do a blog for that. However, this one I just couldn’t resist, but it is sadly still a concept.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, and I am told that we have many, then you know that I am nuts over all things augmented reality. This particular one can be used a famous movie locations.

You can watch the video to see it in action, and it looks simple to use. Find the spot where a movie was filmed, like the Westminster Bridge in 28 Days Later, and you will see the scene played out.

As you can see in the video, the locations are in the UK. I hope this App will eventually come with locations for the United States.

Personally, I love going to places were movies were shot. I visited the town of Preston, Idaho, just so I could see the final shot of Napoleon Dynamite. It would have been very cool to use an App like this there.

In fact, I can see this App being used for movie-related tours. Forks, Washington could be used for a Twilight-based tour, and I’m pretty sure that L.A. and New York City have plenty of places to use this App.

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World Lens App can translate words inside of an image

I generally report on end-user consumer devices, and usually do not report on cool Apps on this site. Otherwise, I would constantly fill this blog with the cool Apps that come out everyday. Maybe we should have a separate blog known as Coolest Apps.

However, there are times when Apps show us how far we have gone with technology, and Word Lens from QuestVisual has exploded over the tech blogosphere with what it can do with its Optical Character Recognition technology.

Word Lens is the product of two and a half years of work from John DeWeese and Otavio Good. You can see a video of how it works after the jump, but I have no idea if it works as well as you see in the vid.

I mean, I have seen augmented reality apps do some pretty cool things before, but to translate English to Spanish (as well as Spanish to English) in realtime is pretty amazing. It doesn’t even require a Wi-Fi or mobile connection!

From what I hear, it doesn’t work this smoothly. The video makes it look like the guy in the movie who is reading something in a foreign language, and it suddenly turns English (in the same font) so the audience can understand what the character has read.

If you want to see this App for yourself, it costs about $4.99 on the iTunes store.

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World Lens App can translate words inside of an image

I generally report on end-user consumer devices, and usually do not report on cool Apps on this site. Otherwise, I would constantly fill this blog with the cool Apps that come out everyday. Maybe we should have a separate blog known as Coolest Apps.

However, there are times when Apps show us how far we have gone with technology, and Word Lens from QuestVisual has exploded over the tech blogosphere with what it can do with its Optical Character Recognition technology.

Word Lens is the product of two and a half years of work from John DeWeese and Otavio Good. You can see a video of how it works after the jump, but I have no idea if it works as well as you see in the vid.

I mean, I have seen augmented reality apps do some pretty cool things before, but to translate English to Spanish (as well as Spanish to English) in realtime is pretty amazing. It doesn’t even require a Wi-Fi or mobile connection!

From what I hear, it doesn’t work this smoothly. The video makes it look like the guy in the movie who is reading something in a foreign language, and it suddenly turns English (in the same font) so the audience can understand what the character has read.

If you want to see this App for yourself, it costs about $4.99 on the iTunes store.

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World Lens App can translate words inside of an image

I generally report on end-user consumer devices, and usually do not report on cool Apps on this site. Otherwise, I would constantly fill this blog with the cool Apps that come out everyday. Maybe we should have a separate blog known as Coolest Apps.

However, there are times when Apps show us how far we have gone with technology, and Word Lens from QuestVisual has exploded over the tech blogosphere with what it can do with its Optical Character Recognition technology.

Word Lens is the product of two and a half years of work from John DeWeese and Otavio Good. You can see a video of how it works after the jump, but I have no idea if it works as well as you see in the vid.

I mean, I have seen augmented reality apps do some pretty cool things before, but to translate English to Spanish (as well as Spanish to English) in realtime is pretty amazing. It doesn’t even require a Wi-Fi or mobile connection!

From what I hear, it doesn’t work this smoothly. The video makes it look like the guy in the movie who is reading something in a foreign language, and it suddenly turns English (in the same font) so the audience can understand what the character has read.

If you want to see this App for yourself, it costs about $4.99 on the iTunes store.

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Augmented Reality, now in candy form

We have talked about augmented reality more than once on this site, and usually it is about putting things in front of a webcam to create some interesting 3D graphics that the user can manipulate by moving the object around.

This would be the first time that I have seen augmented reality come in the form of taste and not sight. I’m not certain whether you can call it augmented reality, really, but hey, we might as well use the buzzword.

Keio University’s TagCandy allows the user to put a lollipop candy on some sort of fancy stick, and then connect the stick to a computer. Apparently, the user can control the taste by controlling the vibrations that will come to his or her mouth. Apparently, if you want fizzy soda or crisp apple, that is totally a matter of programming. Check out the video after the jump for more.

Then there are other flavors that aren’t part of the usual flavor wheel including fireworks, with vibrations and “explosions” to simulate a Fourth of July in your mouth, I guess.

I can’t help but feel that this is something that Willy Wonka would make in his giant chocolate factory. I also can’t help but think that this is the future of candy is one particular food unit that we can all control with the power of technology.

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Hello Kitty iPod Dock

I can’t say that I’ve ever quite understood the Hello Kitty trend.  However, I am a big believer in companies offering several docks and speakers to fit a wide range of tastes.  You shouldn’t be stuck with a plain black set of speakers if you’re a pink and white fanatic.  Those of you that are into Hello Kitty or have a relative that is can pick up this dock for a not too bad price.

It comes in white as well as an all over pink version.  This Japanese dock has surface mounting technology and lossless energy amplication technology.  It offers 360-degree sound output that’ll keep it from sounding like a novelty speaker that you just picked up because it featured your favorite cat.  It quite obviously features an iPod dock, but you can also plug other audio devices in through the stereo output.  You can pick one of these up for 14,800 yen or about $175.

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Virtual Mirror for augmented reality cosmetics

We have reported on a lot of interesting tech that begins with the mirror, such as the interactive Magic Mirror. This system called EZFace uses both mirrors and augmented reality technology.

EZFace is powered by IBM technology. Simply put, EZFace allows customers to see what makeup looks like, without having to try it on for themselves.

It begins when a customer has their picture taken in a virtual mirror, which looks like nothing more than an ordinary webcam. The customer can then scan the barcode of the specific make-up product such as foundation, mascara, and eye shadow. The program takes into account the user’s eye color, skin tone, and lighting to make an image of what the product might look when put on the face.

No more having product samplers in front of a mirror. Granted, that is probably the best way to see if make-up really works, and I don’t know what kind of margin for error this program has. After all, the program might make the cosmetics look better than they actually do. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.

Still, it is a step in the right direction for digital makeovers. EZFace is currently working on expanding this idea for hair. So now you can see what the style is going to look like before it is on your head for the next month or so.

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