The Future Looks Augmented

Devices on display at CES could become next year’s augmented-reality products.

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These glasses made by Lumus can overlay color imagery and video onto a person’s field of vision. The company is in talks with consumer electronics companies to make sleeker, more affordable versions that connect with a smart phone.

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The small lens in the lower right of these ski goggles projects a small display onto the wearer’s peripheral vision. Called Mod Live, the device is made by Recon Instruments, and can show a person’s current speed and other information like the time duration of a jump.

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A photo taken through Lumus’s glasses shows how they can overlay directions from a GPS navigation app onto what a person sees.

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A closeup of a lens made by Vuzix. The rectangle in the upper left of the glass directs light into the wearer’s eye to form an image. That image is made using light that travels from the frame, where it is generated, along the fainter angled shapes on the right of the lens.

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A photo taken through the Vuzix lens shows how it can layer video onto the real world.

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Vuzix will launch a monocular version of its technology later in 2012 for industrial use, at a price in the range of $5,000 to $10,000.

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A prototype of the lens component of that product.

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Vuzix says it could be used by military and industrial mechanics, allowing them to view plans and schematics while working on machinery.

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These Smart Goggles by Sensics can immerse a person in a virtual environment, which behaves naturally when he moves his head. The goggles run the latest version of Google’s Android operating system. 

They use that computing power to run games, and track hand motions and gestures using a camera, enabling a person to control a game or interact with a virtual world.

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