How Neal Stephenson Is Helping To Make Snow Crash's Metaverse A Reality

Magic Leap's mysterious augmented reality tech promises to "bring magic back into the world." And now Neal Stephenson, who imagined the virtual Metaverse in his 1992 novel Snow Crash, has joined the company. He tells io9 why this technology may "demand a new way of thinking." » 12/16/14 9:00am 12/16/14 9:00am

This Is How Wearable Computing Will Revolutionize Healthcare

Clinical settings and emergency rooms will never look the same once augmented reality and other collaborative devices finally make their much vaunted appearance. And as this new video from Wearable Intelligence shows, it could even save our lives. » 4/10/14 4:00pm 4/10/14 4:00pm

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 11:20am 3/13/14 11:20am

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

In Memories with Maya, human sexuality gets an upgrade

What happens when you mix virtual reality, haptic interfaces, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence? That’s what Clyde deSouza explores in his highly entertaining near-future science-fiction novel, Memories with Maya. » 8/20/13 4:30pm 8/20/13 4:30pm

New game creates a hive mind out of Google Glass users

By encouraging Glass users to behave and work like virtual ants, a new game called Swarm! is showing the tremendous potential for augmented reality to bring crowdsourcing to the next level — if not to humanity itself. » 8/06/13 4:40pm 8/06/13 4:40pm

This contact lens could eventually make Google Glass obsolete

Google Glass is great, but it's also big, clunky, and exceedingly obvious. What would be more practical is something that could be fitted directly onto the eye, like a contact lens. Korean researchers have taken a major step towards achieving that goal. » 6/07/13 12:20pm 6/07/13 12:20pm

Google Glass is only "Stage One" in a three-stage evolution

Human beings are headed to a Matrix-like future, according to one neuroscientist-turned-entrepreneur named Meron Gribetz. And Google Glass is just "Stage One." Apparently, he's already invented the final stage. » 6/06/13 12:20pm 6/06/13 12:20pm

Google Glass Rival Hires 'Cyborg' Steve Mann as Chief Scientist

Wearables pioneer Steve Mann has joined forces with Meta, an ambitious startup that’s currently working on the world’s first entry-level augmented reality glasses. » 5/23/13 9:40am 5/23/13 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

This TARDIS replica really is bigger on the inside

Using an augmented reality app and a 3D rendering of the TARDIS's interior (as it appeared between 2005 and 2010), tech writer Greg Kumparak took an already-impressive model of The Doctor's time&spacecraft and endowed it with perhaps its most commented-upon feature: an impossibly spacious interior. » 12/25/12 8:30am 12/25/12 8:30am

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

Holograms could soon replace airport workers

Meet AVA — the airport virtual assistant stands ready to help you out in Newark and La Guardia airports, and soon JFK. This virtual guide, also called a hologram virtual assistant, is created by projecting onto a six-foot-tall human-shaped piece of plexiglass. » 8/10/12 2:56pm 8/10/12 2:56pm

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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 releases a preview of its augmented reality glasses

Today Google unveiled preliminary designs and a short concept piece showcasing Project Glass, its augmented reality initiative to create smart shades straight out of Vernon Vinge's Rainbows End or Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson's Transmetropolitan. » 4/04/12 1:10pm 4/04/12 1:10pm

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

And now, disembodied animal heads that mock your facial expressions

This one pretty much does what it says on the tin. The face-morphing, augmented-reality app you see here is the brainchild of New York artist Karolina Sobecka, who calls the interface All the Universe is Full of the Lives of Perfect Creatures. » 2/09/12 9:15am 2/09/12 9:15am