Lemonde.fr titled a few days ago: "Connected glasses: Google's wink to science fiction"; Ouest-France: "Google is working on a project for connected glasses"; Challenges: "Semaine connecte 9: Google glasses,..."; Métro: "Google wears connected glasses"; etc...OK, but it's not only Google that has an eye for science fiction!
Over the past two years, Google has invested heavily in visual recognition and augmented reality technologies. Its Google Goggles application, capable of recognising buildings, texts and works of art photographed with a mobile phone, has met with great success. In 2010, the web giant also acquired Plink, a company specialising in image recognition.
While many researchers are working on so-called "augmented reality" applications, adding an "overlay" of digital information to the real world, most of the software currently available (Goggles, Layar...) requires the use of a mobile phone. This strong constraint is one of the main limitations of these technologies with multiple applications, from photography to video games.
Freeing oneself from the mobile constraint is one of the keys to the development of augmented reality applications; several recent projects have explored this direction, allowing for example to transform any object into a computer interface. However, so far none of them have resulted in an interface that can be marketed to the general public at an affordable price. (Source: LeMonde.fr - 5 April 2012)
According to information from the Washington Post, Google is reportedly working on several versions of these glasses, for which no marketing date has been put forward. A prototype of connected contact lenses would also be in development.
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The technology of Laster.fr
Resulting from several years of research in collaboration with the Institut d'Optique and the Université Paris Sud, EnhancedViewTM technology makes it possible to display all types of information (texts, images, videos, 3D, etc.) on a simple transparent glass.
The principle of the technology is based on the specific curvature of a semi-reflecting diopter that reflects the image of a collimated polychromatic light source into the wearer's field of vision. Thanks to the special properties of these lenses, it is thus possible to obtain an extremely wide increased field of vision (40° x 30° as standard) with a resolution of more than 800 x 600 pixels. This corresponds to viewing a floating screen with a 90 cm (34 ") diagonal at a distance of 1 meter and almost 270 cm (88 ") diagonal at a distance of 3 meters!
A dream at your fingertips: to see what you can't usually see!
Associated with advanced algorithms for object recognition with or without markers, tracking and registration, EnhancedViewTM technology enables the implementation of augmented reality applications in the medical, aeronautics, military and soon the general public sectors! These technologies will allow access to mobile Internet as well as to augmented reality of information that would not be seen with the naked eye (tourist information, contextualized information, night vision).
LASTER Technologies is a company at the forefront of Augmented Reality digital signage technologies, created by a team of experts in optics and image processing at the CNRS in January 2005. LASTER informative glasses offer natural vision, on transparent lenses, enriched with digital information: texts, images, videos, animations.
The addition of images and information in the user's work field completes the user's perception of reality. By combining the real with the virtual, their products allow the user to visualize elements that he would not naturally see with the naked eye, to monitor data in real time, to have visual alarms in all situations. They can assist them in complex manual operations, guide them to a new location, or simulate events to prepare them to better react to future real-life situations.
The augmented reality ski mask on clear glass, it's them!
His name is LASTER MG1and is the first augmented reality ski goggle on clear glass. Intended for sportsmen and ski enthusiasts, as well as for industry professionals who need a protective goggle and hands-free information in vision or augmented reality, it allows additional information to be displayed, such as geolocation data and contextual information in the user's natural field of vision, just like fighter pilots (altitude, speed, map, nearby sites, risk areas, etc.).
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AR Desk, the Office of the Future
On the occasion of Laval Virtual 2012Laster technologies presented the AR Desk "the office of the future", a new office concept based on augmented reality technologies. This office is dedicated to the profession of architect. The 2D/3D models of the architect's projects are thus displayed in augmented reality on the desk, different virtual tools for manipulating the models are proposed, and the virtual billboard allows, at the same time, to display complementary multimedia documents.
Different display and interaction locations are recognized on the desktop via the miniaturized camera embedded on the augmented reality bezel on transparent glass developed by Laster. The AR Desk includes a display space for 2D/3D models, a billboard and several display spaces for virtual interaction tools (simply place your hand on each tool to activate the function). These tools offer several functions: zoom, rotation, assembly/assembly, bill board, new model/reset, and a transversal "+/-" function.
The architect can thus display the 3D model of his project, manipulate it, zoom in on a detail, or even "dismantle" the model, while consulting the "project" multimedia sheet that is displayed on the billboard. The AR Desk concept was designed to be scalable and modular. It can integrate new interaction tools and be adapted to other professions.