I Wore the Navy's Oculus Rift, and It Showed Me the Future of Warfare

When we think of the future of the military, we think of bigger and better weapons. Laser canons and the like. But what about the people operating those lasers? How can a behemoth like the Navy ready its future sailors for the high-tech combat of tomorrow? Believe it or not, with an Oculus Rift. » 3/13/14 2:48pm 3/13/14 2:48pm

California Woman Gets Charged for Wearing Google Glass While Driving

Well, it was bound to happen. A Google Glass-wearer was ticketed in San Diego last night for "driving with a monitor visible" — the same law that prevents people from watching TV in their cars. But there are exceptions for GPS and satellite radio devices, so we can't help but wonder if the cop did the right thing. » 10/30/13 9:40am 10/30/13 9:40am

You can't really tell how a new technology will transform the world…

When it comes to new technologies, we tend to obsess over the early adopters. The so-called cutting edge. But you can't really tell how a technology is going to change the world until you see it in the hands of the late adopters, argues Paintwork author Tim Maughan in a fascinating new interview about augmented… » 1/25/13 10:31am 1/25/13 10:31am

A Man and his Virtual Dragon, Against All the Malicious Code in the…

Being a non-player character in someone else's virtual world can be a pain — especially when some of the monsters won't stay dead. Tobias Buckell's story "A Game of Rats and Dragon," published in Lightspeed Magazine, takes a lot of the cliches of augmented reality and virtual gaming, and adds a really neat spin — what… » 11/29/12 4:20pm 11/29/12 4:20pm

McDonald's staff say they never touched the cyborg professor despite a…

Earlier this week we reported on the alleged physical assault of wearables pioneer Steve Mann at a McDonald's in Paris. Writing in his blog, Mann claimed that restaurant employees damaged his Digital Eye Glass device and physically removed him from the restaurant — an apparent case of cyber-discrimination. But the… » 7/19/12 10:22am 7/19/12 10:22am

Choosing the virtual reality experience that’s right for you

We're still several decades away from developing completely immersive computer simulations, but it's not too early to dream about the ways we'll be able to use them. Today we're exploring the tremendous potential with new gadgets like Glass, Google's computer glasses. But that's just the beginning. » 7/11/12 4:00pm 7/11/12 4:00pm

Watch a man take his virtual girlfriend out on a date in the real world

Augmented reality has been touted as a way to integrate virtual graphics with our real-world experience, turning your normal vision into a computer dashboard, and letting any real-world space become a game board or an advertisement. Or, you might use the technology to go on a real-world date with your virtual… » 7/08/12 9:00am 7/08/12 9:00am

Google rolling out the AR glasses from Vernor Vinge's novel Rainbows End

In Vernor Vinge's novel Rainbows End, the author imagines a near future where everybody wears computers knitted into their clothing, which are connected to augmented reality contact lenses or glasses. Everybody looks at the world through a layer of data, whether that's just social information about the people they're… » 2/21/12 4:27pm 2/21/12 4:27pm

A virtual Morrissey is on the loose in Google Earth

If you use Google Earth to look up the Salfords Lads Club in Manchester, England, you'll find a famously coiffed squatter in this virtual world. Punch in "St Ignatius Walk, M5 3RX" on 3D Buildings mode and you'll see a pixelated incarnation of Morrissey, The Smiths' loud-mouthed pontificator, forever standing smugly. » 1/02/12 6:40am 1/02/12 6:40am