Here we go again
3D glasses have had their ups and downs. Whether for virtual or augmented reality, we’ve been reading excitedly about the development of all sorts of headsets for years. But none of us – okay, almost none of us – have ever worn a pair of the damned things.
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ALL TO PLAY FOR
No-one has conquered the augmented and virtual reality market and there are still plenty of slices of the 3D pie left. But young, ambitious entrepreneurs are pushing the boundaries of the technology ever further. People like Allan Evans, who says he plans to launch one of the most attractive virtual displays – the Avegant Glyph – this year. The Glyph is designed mainly for entertainment; use it to watch movies or for gaming.
The team at Meta are going down another path with their augmented reality (AR) kit, a sort of Iron Man display. If you look at the world through the Meta 1, you’ll be able to move digital 3D objects through space with your own hands or to anchor computerised surfaces in your real field of vision. And last but not least, the Sulon Cortex shows us where we’re probably heading: towards a hybrid technology where the real and virtual fields of vision constantly overlap.
FOR CHILDREN AGED 99 AND UNDER.
We already know computer games that have made it to the big screen. But now – finally – video games are also going to come to life. Anki DRIVE is a sort of Carrera Race Track for the 21st century. It’s a real track with real cars, but you can knock out your opponents or use weapons against them via the smartphone app. STFUATMM!
THE THING ON THE WALL
A good idea and a bit of money… we know what happens next, we see it at the Pioneers Festival all the time. But what happens if you’ve got a good idea and $50 million start-up capital? Thanks to Nest, now we know: it’s a redefining of what we call home.
When Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers brought their idea of a smart, learning thermostat to fruition, the in-term the Internet of Things was only known to a few insiders. Now everyone knows it; future living will be about the smart interplay of the objects we use on a daily basis. Or, in Nest’s case, the objects we’ll no longer have to use. The thing on the wall will look after us, or at least give us as the perfect ambient temperature. No wonder Google bought the company for $3.2 billion. The question is, what happens next?