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Enter the world of augmented reality

15 Jun 2015  | Rick Merritt

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New games and old military uses

Wireless AR platform

CastAR showed the novel technology behind its current prototype for what will eventually be a wireless AR platform (above). It uses infrared tracking and micro-projectors on the glasses that display images on a cloth-like reflective material. A developer's kit for its next generation system will ship before the end of the year with tracking through a 250-degree field.

The new glasses will cost $400, down from $1,000, weigh just 85g and provide up to four lumens, four times its current brightness. It demoed both a fun game using a wand that became a light saber with haptic feedback and a medical app for exploring 320 MRI images stitched into a 3D model.

Below, ARC 4 showed its more traditional military gear based on the Lumus display. However, the display needs to be ruggedised before it is ready for military applications, an ARC4 representative said.

Military gear

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