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For a while, novelty celebrity voiceovers were all the rage when it came to GPS navigation units. But the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo has come up with a far more adorable way to get to your destination: by following a muster of virtual waddling penguins.
For years, smartphone manufacturers have been trying to get you to use your phone without pulling it out of your pocket. Tried, and failed. But forget smartwatches. Forget smartphones, even. This is the coolest way of using your phone you’ll ever see, it and it comes straight out of the incredible Meta Smart Glasses.
Just a couple of years ago, the idea of a device projecting information driving directions onto a car’s windshield seemed super futuristic. Now they’re becoming a reality, with the European release of Pioneer’s NavGate head-up display the latest. And believe it or not, this one’s actually pretty affordable.
OK, Glass, you can hear the cop now. Take a picture of that licence plate. Try: OK, Glass. Record a video of this five alarm fire. Or even: OK, Glass. Search: gunshot wound treatment. It doesn’t take much imagination to realise that Google Glass could be a valuable tool for first responders. And now the first app has popped up that could make it a reality.
People have said that Google Glass would be distracting since day one, not just for people looking at the Glassholes but also for the Glassholes themselves who have that tiny screen always blinking in front of their faces. We certainly don’t want to put them behind the wheel. Right?! Mercedes-Benz begs to differ.
IKEA has messed around with augmented reality before, but this year it has really outdone itself. With just a phone and a copy of the catalogue, you can now call up a digital version of any piece of furniture and put it anywhere in your home.
This week, various zookeepers at Taronga were given access to Google’s hotly-anticipated augmented-reality eyewear in a bid to see how the technology can assist in the care and treatment of animals. Annoyingly, the animals weren’t given a chance to try on the specs for themselves which would have made for a more interesting video.
The Oculus Rift headset is designed to let you enter virtual reality, but it can also be used to control things in the real world. Like drones.
The problem with ping pong — as cool as it is — is its complete and utter lack of insane, borderline seizure-inducing visuals. We can all agree on that, right? Well you don’t have to worry anymore; the Pingtime augmented reality table has got that covered.