Posted by: crudbasher | April 30, 2010

Get Ready for iShades 5G | h+ Magazine

I have mentioned Augmented Reality several times in this blog because I think it is a technology which is very close to being widespread use.  Everyday I see more and more stories about AR technology.  Two weeks ago I saw a lego AR display in a toy store.  You hold a box of lego up to a camera and on the screen it overlays the image with a computer generated version of the model, moving around and doing cool things.  It was simple and awesome!

This technology will be hugely disruptive and we won’t just be able to tell the students we won’t use it.  This article talks about how current research being done on the AR technology.

  • cool AR glasses concept

    tags: technology, augmented reality

    • With fast 5G wireless technology, 3D GPS mapping, support for personal DVD/HDTV, Google Virtual Earth 3D, and instant communication anywhere in actual or virtual space, iShades 5G puts an RGB-layered holographic optical element at your fingertips. It provides completely clear see-through operation for applications that require data reference while you keep your hands on the job. iShades 5G. Chic and wraparound, they define what a wearable heads-up display can do.
    • No, you can’t actually go out and buy a pair of these today.
    • The next generation of heads-up displays will let you look through them and see the real world – like the sidewalk just ahead – but will also let you access virtual information like an electronic map or an arrow showing the correct way to a destination on an overlay image.
    • Eyeglasses and contact lenses with holographic optics, light-emitting diodes, and wearable computers built into clothing are the stuff of Vernor Vinge’s 2006 novel Rainbow’s End.
    • Vinge’s novel explores further the idea of augmented reality and virtual overlays. Your own 3D landscapes — or those of your 3D social network or “belief circle” — become like a skin over the actual world when viewed through your glasses or contact lenses. You’re literally wearing your world.

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  1. Wow, I am excited about AR technology, I hope that someone in education (who is smarter and has more time than I do) runs with it for students. I think that in no time we are going to have students manipulating 3-d hearts, bone structures, volcanoes, and going on amazing reading adventures.
    A friend of mine just got back from the AR conference in San-Francisco, while there wasn’t a lot directed at education, the possibilities for education implementation are certainly there.

    • Oh I so want to go to the AR conference next year. There are already some software platforms existing for AR so I don’t think it will be all that long before someone does it for schools. I’ll see what I can do. 🙂 I did a video a few months ago showing how an AR field trip might work. Check it out if you want here

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