Wearable prototype goes a step beyond Google Glass

Wearable prototype goes a step beyond Google Glass
Glasswear is pretty cool, but the one thing many of us wonder deep down is when we will see a true air-touch interface, a real interactive virtual reality environment.

This goes beyond the patent that Google acquired last year called, “Seeing with your hand.” Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has taken wearable gear to a level that shifts things from augmented reality to a real virtual reality.

The new gear is called i-Air Touch and it describes perfectly what it allows its wearer to do. Just reach out and touch the projected images. The images and interaction are managed through a pair of cameras that are mounted on top of the headset. The cameras track the hand movements and correlate their position relative to the projected images in front of the wearer.  That is a great development compared to projects that involve having to wear a glove.

The i-Air Touch is a prototype now. Like all prototypes, the following builds will be more refined, look sleeker and will obviously have enhanced functionality. While Glasswear is about to hit the streets soon, make no bones about it, Google Glass is just the beginning.

sources: EE Times via DVICE



1. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Maybe by the year 2020 phones will be replaced by super smart slim glasses

2. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Maybe not that early, but I'd say it's pretty sure that wearable computers will eventually replace every personal computing form that we use now, and not just that, it will be our augmented extension and digital assistant, and the only screen we will look at. This is all still the pre -infancy stage of that vision though

6. hallucinogenius

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I am both excited for and terrified of this inevitability. Once the technology becomes more mainstream, initial glasses followed by contact lenses (we're still far from it, but it's past proof-of-concept), our daily realities will literally be individualized and personalized. Navigation directions that appear as if they were painted on the streets, the ability to photograph/record whatever it is we are looking at, and most importantly: personalized advertising. The same concept as what Google and other companies have been doing with your browsing habits, except not just on the computer, but wherever you are, because you are always seeing through a computer. Personalized billboards and posters and interactive AR animations through digital data, without the need for most of these things to exist in the real world. Heck, you could replace the sky with a personalized wallpaper if you'd like. Mind you, I'm talking roughly 2030-2050, much like how the number of smartphone users today is higher than the number of people who had access to a PC 20 years ago.

3. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

4. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

From what i understand,both are two different concepts,,,This concept doesnt actually project the images and has no projector..only u ll be able to see the images,just like u do with an Augmented relity app on your phone(e.g. Layar)

5. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

the article mentions "Just reach out and touch the projected images"

14. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

no the picture is a 'mock up' to show what it is like... real holographic projection is decades away...

12. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

But that's just bulky and ugly as hell :S

13. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

its a prototype...

7. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

i-Air Touch? Who has iAir Tocuh then? Good investment in name nand a possible candidate for being sued or taken over if not sued.

8. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

If you are 21 and over, lucky you. You'll be getting one of these by the time you're almost retired.. Again these are just prototypes. Enjoy..

9. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Along with your bionic organs and robotic arm?

10. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

now we have to connect those machine to our brain nerve...... ready to go to the 'accell world'!

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

on a more realistic note judging by smartphone penetration I really don't see some of these wearables beyond a wealthy geek's toy

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