Augmented reality glasses

Augmented reality is a pretty neat thing but we don’t want to live our lives staring at a smartphone as we walk around. [F00] didn’t either so he built these augmented reality glasses. You can see a hole in the middle of the glasses where he added a webcam. The camera captures the image in front of you, processes it through augmented reality software, then sends the image to the wearable display that makes up the body of this hack. Integrate this into the head-mounted Linux hack and you’ll be able to ride your bike around the real world with your blast shield down instead of being tethered to your trainer in a virtual universe.

Comments

  1. tom says:

    You put this much work into a project just to look at fiduciary markers with it…

    Give me an Eyetap + S.L.A.M or P.T.A.M.

  2. jeff-o says:

    Now way I’m wearing that while riding my bike! It’s dangerous enough out on city streets without an electronic gadget blocking my view and giving me tunnel vision.

    Very neat, though. Just not at 45km/h.

  3. sol says:

    This is a great hack. What the hell is wrong with you naysayers in the peanut gallery?

  4. Alex says:

    Nice timing, I just reread Snow Crash yesterday. What kinds of software are required to overlay graphics over the image?

  5. blue carbuncle says:

    Is this 1992? Are they gonna shrink an SGI Onyx onto an Arduino next?

  6. imightbefirst...NOT. says:

    @Alex
    From the site:
    “What you do next is up to you. I looked around the web and found a few AR programs and tried them out. Best is probably Camspace, as with this you can control your pc with your hands! I used an EeePC, this way I could wander around my house with the pc in my backpack.”

    I would suggest the AR plugin for Sketchup (there is a trial, mind you, it shuts off after 30 seconds… After which you can turn it on again…)

    http://www.inglobetechnologies.com/en/products/arplugin_su/info.php

  7. shazzner says:

    This reminds me, has anyone posted a cheap way to convert vga to composite?

  8. shazzner says:

    Also check out ARToolkit for great GPL AR library.

    http://www.hitl.washington.edu/artoolkit/

  9. Lumis says:

    This is a good start to a similar idea I’ve had for a while. Until the camera is able to be mounted on a gimbal and iris tracking is implemented to match the eye’s movement, you will still have tunnel vision with this design.

  10. Hirudinea says:

    Yea, needs at least 2 cameras for 3D view, and mabye selectable IR filters for that Predator feel.

  11. Wraith says:

    Why completely block vision when you can project augmented reality data onto tinted frames?

  12. Roland says:

    i agree, the delay from the webcam would be dangerous in the real world…
    however used in a AI world like on a workout bike machine would be cool…
    and i agree with

    “Why completely block vision when you can project augmented reality data onto tinted frames?

    Posted at 1:15 pm on Apr 19th, 2010 by Wraith”

    if you could project on tinted lens that would be the best bet for the real world

  13. Ben Keller says:

    @Wraith:

    Because you can’t. (at least not with off-the-shelf technology currently)

  14. Tod says:

    @Wraith

    That’s exactly what I was thinking. But I was also wondering if one could make such a hack look a neat as this does. These glasses don’t ‘look’ like they’ve been altered. It would be difficult, I think, to make regular tinted glasses not look rigged.

  15. sarsface says:

    @Alex

    I can’t wait until it’s possibly to be a full blown Gargoyle.

  16. Spider says:

    Now all thats left is for someone to make a 3D shooting game to work with this. Just think of it you could be walking around your house/backyard shooting at monsters that dont really exist :D

  17. Icarus says:

    or… just play paintball
    with real people and real physics

  18. soopergooman says:

    Hmmm, pretty sure I mentioned something like this on April Fools Day, Get your Own Ideas Foofoo….

  19. barry99705 says:

    @Wraith

    You got a link to this mythical glasses projection system??

  20. Eddie says:

    The output video isn’t necessarily going to lag. Sure, the augmented overlays will lag as GPS/magnetometer readings are pulled in and the data is overlayed in some fashion. However, when it comes to your interaction with the world around you, the real world takes priority and the metadata takes a back seat. The Droid, even with its measley 550 MHz processor and paltry 512 MB of RAM, still manages realtime video. Realtime video to a set of glasses is not a problem. Sure – he’s limited to a lack of 3d vision, but reaction times should not be changed in the least bit. If you’re expecting realtime metadata to appear, that’s still a couple of years off. Just wait for 4g!

  21. mantis says:

    as a games programmer/designer, this implementation of augmented reality really makes me giddy. I don’t think it’s fully wireless (I see the USB cable), but once somebody makes a fully wireless setup, I’m going to code like crazy for it.

  22. DoktorJ says:

    Speaking of becoming a gargoyle… Anyone have any links to home-brew RADAR setups?

  23. Drew says:

    Agreed with above comments- add a second camera, and distance between them for focal and paralax for your actual eyes- then mesh this with code from the old OPENEYES eyetracking project.

    I’ve wondered for awhile why noone has done that yet- the code was right there, easily implemented, or so I was lead to believe…

    Bonus points if you use 2 FLIR TAU thermal camera units for stereoscopic thermal vision. That’s been an idea for awhile, but $$$ prohibits it.

  24. jeditalian says:

    why completely block vision and use webcam? because of the fucking sun. let’s blast that motherfucker approximately 150 million kilometers away!
    i think it needs 2 screens, 2 cameras. servo controlled if you really have something against turning your head to see whats to the side. up to 8 cameras, so you can do the rear view and side views, with keyboard shortcuts or something.

  25. noonevac says:

    i just want to be able to record real life, switch to night vision when i want, and maybe do some facial recognition once in awhile. more like a terminator thing…

  26. @Spider
    i have made some homebrews icluding a home brew that makes real life look like single player halo in my back yard and it works the same as a computer mouse kind of. it makes grunts and elites pop up every were and then i get to use a lazer tag kind of thing that has a usb on the end that looks lik a halo weapon and just plugs in to my laptop in my backpack when i get home from school. and you can link uo with other people who are near the area and have online halo battles. the grenades are completly 3d rendered we just were these gloves i made that looks like master chiefs glove but if you swing your hand more than 5mph it will 3d render a grenade and just through it at someone. its awsome cause we can pick co-op in the menu thingy i made or just multiplayer. i have it on my laptop(not my huge blue desktop)but it wont let me email it ):< its pretty cool though if you link up with other people because you can go all over the planet as long as you have internet connection and play agianst/with other people.

  27. Imsoevil71 says:

    These glasses suck check out the ARScouter by Brother…..way better

  28. bob says:

    Can you fix the broken link for the glasses plz? Looks really interesting

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