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Watch out, Google. A recently published patent application reveals that Sony’s head mounted display glasses are progressing down the evolutionary path rather nicely. What once amounted to just wide-eyed concepts, this latest patent filing, a continuation patent filed on November 14, 2012, shows that Sony, with perhaps a bit of inspiration for Google Glass, is nearing a practical model. And unlike Google’s take on HMDs, Sony’s has information displays for both eyes.
This isn’t the first patent to reveal Sony’s HMD aspirations. A patent published in the summer of 2012 shows a futuristic device — it looks like something from a made-for-TV sci-fi movie. The device in that patent has two lens, not connected by a traditional bridge, with each lens acting also serving as a display. There are cameras and battery packs and the works. This is, after all, just a concept.
Sony’s most recent patent is a more practical take on HMD glasses. They’re built on a traditional glasses frame in a sort of Google Glass fashion. The actual pop-up display sits behind the glasses’ lenses and, as previously mentioned, there are two displays along with ear buds mounted on little arms.
The patent doesn’t reveal any information on the displayed content, but it does state it’s a 2D interface. The screens are also movable by several millimeters, allowing the wearing to fine tune the placement.
Sony has long history with head mounted displays and augmented reality units including commercially available home entertainment devices like the HMZ-T2 Personal 3d Viewer. This recent filing is a continuation on patents filed in 2008 and 2009; Sony has been working on this particular device for a significant amount of time. A bunch of recent patent filings show the company is committed to these devices. Google is not alone in this space.
The war for your eyes is about to take on a whole new meaning.
This is a brand new market. There is enough room for Sony, Google and likely several companies quietly building their own head mounted displays. Each company has unique strengths. Google has the advantage of its all-knowing, always-connected services. Sony has been building world-class hardware for 50 years — and has a dynamic new CEO in Kazuo Hirai.
Now about that bar in Seattle. They only banned Google’s model, right?
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There aren’t a lot of lens adapters that catch our eye, but the $ 600 Metabones Speedbooster has numerous tricks up its sleeve that we could see it tempting a lot of major NEX camera users– like us. Huge words, but exactly what it purports to do is absolutely nothing short of mind-boggling. First of all, it adapts your Canon EF (full-frame) lenses to E-Mount, which is good enough since there’s still a scarceness of high-end glass for NEX individuals. However it improves: the Speedbooster additionally makes your lens larger by a factor of 0.71 x, shrinking an 85mm lens to 59mm, for circumstances– successfully making your NEX nearly full-frame. Other adapters can do some of that, but its final trick is the piece de resistance: enhancing the rate of a lens by a complete stop. That may appear impossible, however it evidently works by focusing the added light-gathering area of a full-frame lens to the smaller E-mount sensor location, turning an f4.0 lens into an f2.8 lens, for example. The adapter presumably raises sharpness on top of all that, and brings “auto-aperture, image stablization, EXIF and (sluggish) autofocus support,” for late design EF lenses, according to Metabones.
Hesitation reigns till we could scope it for ourselves, however the adapter came out shining on Philip Bloom‘s video and photo evaluates up until now, judging by his samples (below the break). The $ 600 cost will likely deter laid-back users, but light-deprived in the house shooters (like us) or those shopping for brand-new glass– who already have a bagful of EF-lenses– may take it like a sugar abuser to Trix. Metabones said they’ll begin shipping the Speedbooster this month, and will come out with MFT and Fuji-X mount options, together with support for lenses from Nikon and Leica, amongst others. Check the source to see how to get it, however the line types behind us.
Philip BloomSource: Metabones
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From ‘smart’ pens to a smarter Siri, Apple’s always attempting to find new ways to improve the iPhone, and the company’s latest patent application wants to keep its crack-prone glass blemish free. Aptly named a “shock mounting cover glass in consumer electronic devices,” the invention claims a tunable shock mount sandwiched between the phone’s glass and other hardware. There’s also plans for a sensor that can distinguish a “drop event” from normal phone movements and an actuator to prepare the shock mount for impact. Given that it’s only at the application stage, we won’t be seeing bombproof iPhone displays any time soon, but here’s hoping it’ll become a product reality someday. Mostly so we can see just how much of a beating it can take.
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I was able to attend Metaio’s InsideAR 2011 conference last week in Munich and check out many new and updated Augmented Reality concepts at the event. Several concepts I saw at the trade show portion resonated with where consumer AR is headed and some were merely for entertainment. But pretty much everything I saw tried, in some way, to push the envelope of technical possibility. I saw some cool new AR Head Mounted Displays (HMDs) from Vuzix and Sony (although Sony would not let me photograph their prototype), lots of furniture configurators, augmented textbooks, a DIY content authoring system and more.
If you’ve read some of my posts here you will know that I am an Augmented Reality geek. Smitten the first time I watched The Terminator and his neato heads up display; I have pondered the concept ever since.
I could try to describe the demos and products I saw at InsideAR, but instead I captured as many of the relevant examples as I could, on video, because a picture is worth…well, you know. In any event, the concepts/products I saw that seemed the most compelling and relevant were the Vuzix HMD, Metaio’s Creator software and the augmented textbook by linked-concept.de
Here are links to all the companies in the videos.
Introducing Sony's 3D Compatible Head Mounted Display
Introducing Sony's 3D Compatible Head Mounted Display Equipped with High Definition OLED Panel. http://smr.newswire.ca/en/sony-of-canada-ltd/introducing-worlds-first-3d-compatible-head-mounted.
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By ivanabutler on Sep 06 2011, 08:03PM An organic light emitting diode (OLED) television is one of the most popular types of televisions available today. This is so for a lot of reasons. They are lighter, brighter, thinner and provide better contrast …
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src="http://www.slipperybrick.com/index.php?feedimage=wp-content/uploads/2010/09/iPad-Hipster-Bicycle-Ghetto-Blaster-450x300.jpg" alt="" title="iPad and speakers get mounted on a bike" width="500" height="333" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-53509" />Apple’s iPad can seemingly do anything and go anywhere. Now we have seen the tablet attached to a bike, along with speakers in front. We don’t have many details, but we do know that this guy will want to easily remove both iPad and speakers everytime he parks that bike.
That iPad cradle looks well made, but I still cringe about bumps and accidents killing the device. Anyway, it’s a cool setup. We like it.
Now that the whole “laser on a plane” thing has been resolved, the military is starting to test the technology on smaller platforms, and at longer ranges. Check out the video from first test, after the jump.
The first test was at a distance of 50 miles, and was successful. Wired reports that the test this weekend is at a distance of 100 miles, a much more comfortable distance, given the risk of multiple targets, and collateral damage from falling debris.
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Head mounted displays still have something futuristic about them, and Brother’s offering, the so-called AiRScouter, is no exception. The company today unveiled [press release in English] the newest version of the HMD, which was first shown to the general public in 2008 (and once again in 2009). Back then, the AiRScouter was unnamed and had a different design.
In fact, the device is still in prototype stage and labeled by Brother as “Retinal Imaging Display”. Brother expects the AiRScouter to be mainly used for augmented reality applications. The new version offers better image quality than the previous one and allows to attach a micro camera.
The AiRScouter is expected to be ready to be tried out by attendees of the “Brother World JAPAN 2010″ expo that will be held in Tokyo in September. Brother says it will “launch” the device in fiscal 2010, which (in Japan) ends in March 2011.
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