Items tagged with HMD

The NYPD is reportedly testing Google Glass for use with its patrol officers. “We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes,” a “ranking New York City law enforcement official” told VentureBeat. That sounds tame enough until you cross-reference that tidbit with the fact that facial recognition software (NameTag) exists for the high-tech specs. Ostensibly, then, police officers could identify you--whether or not you’re a criminal or engaging in suspicious... Read more...
Wearable computing is all the rage, and for good reason; pretty much everyone can agree that although our smartphones are immensely powerful, they’re actually rather inconvenient. Using one requires at least one hand, often two, and it’s cumbersome to dig into your pocket, purse, or bag to retrieve them whenever you get a notification. We’re slaves to those dings and boops. Google Glass is one of the more promising bits of wearable technology out there. Smart watches are proliferating like rabbits, sure, and other glasses-type tech is in the offing, but Google Glass has the full... Read more...
I recently had the good fortune to sit down with David Drum, Research Manager at MOREnet and Google Glass Explorer, to get some hands-on time with the high-tech face computer that Google is testing in the wild. Over a cup of joe at a local coffeeshop, David gave me a chance to play with Google Glass for myself. The first thing I realized upon inspecting Google Glass was that I really should have put in my contacts that morning instead of my usual specs. Google Glass and eyeglasses don’t mix very well. Here’s a vote for Google Glass with pop-in prescription lenses. Wearable computing... Read more...
Not that it’s much of a surprise, but Samsung is developing a device of its own to compete with Google Glass. According to images pulled from a patent filing in Korea, the so-called “sports glasses”, or smart glasses, look quite a bit like Google Glass, right down to the HMD, side buttons (which could be touchpads), and transparent lenses. The specs will reportedly have integrated earphones, and users will be able to listen to music, field phone calls, and more. There’s also an odd plug system with wires extending from both sides of the earpieces and connecting in the middle.... Read more...
Did you ever think snapping a photo and sharing it could be easier than it is already? Google has been awarded a patent for technology that would allow a wearer of an HMD (head-mounted display) to use hand gestures as a means of input. In other words, if you’re wearing Google Glass, you can use your hands and fingers to frame something and snap a photo of it. The patent also says that the image could be shared over a network, meaning that you can upload it and share it via email or your preferred social networking platform. The patent mentions that a video camera could be used, which means... Read more...
Hon Hai Precision, the parent company to Foxconn, has sold a portion of its patent portfolio to Google. The patents Google now owns have to do with superimposing virtual images onto photos, a technology that's used in Head Mounted Displays (HMDs). There are many applications for HMDs, including aviation, engineering, and even gaming. Financial and/or other terms of the deal were not disclosed, nor has it been revealed what Google will use these new patents for. It could be that Google is looking to protect itself from possible lawsuits arising from its Glass platform, though more likely it will... Read more...
There were rumors that Microsoft was developing some kind of gaming glasses last year, and thanks to a patent application, it seems that a Microsoft head-mounted display (HMD) is closer to becoming a reality. The patent is for “multiplayer gaming with head-mounted display”. However, reading through the patent, it seems that Microsoft is only patenting “a system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device”. Granted, the means by which one player invites another is impressively complex:... Read more...