Two Companies Working on Products that are Eerily Similar to Microsoft’s HoloLens

HoloLens, a newly announced augmented reality device from Microsoft, is definitely turning some heads to the possibility of interacting with floating apps and games. We can't help but notice though that there seems to be an eerie convergence of technology, leaving us with a serious case of déjà vu. Here we take a closer look at two crowdfunded devices that are working on the same problems as HoloLens: Atheer Labs's AiR Smart Glasses and the Meta 1 developer kit. See Also: ‘Microsoft HoloLens’ … Read the full article …

News Bits: Students Create Real World AdBlock, Keeps Your Augmented Reality Ad-Free

The University of Pennsylvania's winter hackathon, PennApps, is now over, and we're not surprised to see a few VR experiences in the winners circle. Brand Killer, an application running on a custom-built VR headset, was unfortunately not among them, but there's no denying that the idea behind the Adblock-inspired app is equally brilliant as it is subversive. … Read the full article …

Rev VR Podcast: CES 2015 Recap – Day 3

It's time for the day three recap as our pals Ben Lang and Paul James report on even more VR stuff from CES 2015. The meetings continue to stack up, and they are running on empty today. Luckily, they were able to call into the podcast from the actual show floor to report on today's findings. Let's listen to what fun things they got to experience today. … Read the full article …

CastAR Ship First Sets of ‘Early’ Glasses to Backers (Video)

castAR, the augmented reality gaming system, have provided an update for Kickstarter backers eagerly awaiting news. The first 'early' design glasses have shipped! What's more they filmed the journey of the very first set from packing to Post Office. … Read the full article …

Magic Leap to Surface Next Year as Part of Potentially Groundbreaking Public Event

Magic Leap is fast becoming legendary in the field of augmented reality for technology very few people have seen or know anything about. That may all change soon however as it's been announced that the technology will be used in a unique collaboration with SFX house Framestore as part of a UK festival. … Read the full article …

Experiment Shows Stylized Rendering Enhances Presence in Immersive Augmented Reality

In a paper published by the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, it is demonstrated that stylized rendering can help blur the boundary between real and virtual when it comes to immersive augmented reality applications.  … Read the full article …

Atheer Labs Exceeds Indiegogo Goal by Over 200%, Prepares to Launch AR Glasses

Atheer Labs, a maker of smart glasses with gesture recognition, recently completed a successful Indiegogo campaign, raising $214,407 of their $100,000 goal. Road to VR's Brian Hart recently visited their Mountain View, CA, office and sat down with Senior Product Manager Theo Goguely to learn more about Atheer's technology, and the world of smart glasses. … Read the full article …

CastAR Interview and Hands-On: Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson Speak to Road to VR

Road to VR's Paul James sits down to talk with the founders of Technical Illusions, Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson and we get our hands on the new HD Prototype. … Read the full article …

CES 2014: First Hands on with CastAR HD Prototype

CastAR, the unique AR/VR gaming headset coming from Technical Illusions, made an appearance behind closed doors at CES 2014. Road to VR is the first to go hands-on with the latest HD prototype. … Read the full article …

CastAR Kickstarter Enters Final Stretch With Almost $900k Raised

CastAR, the new HMD technology that promises to bridge the gap between augmented reality and virtual reality is almost over—raising well over 200% it's original target, we take a look at its progress. … Read the full article …

CastAR HMD Made by Former Valve Employees Offers AR and VR in One Compelling Package. Kickstarter Now Live!

Rising like a prototypical phoenix from the ashes of a discarded Valve project comes CastAR. The worlds first projected AR and VR system has arrived at Kickstarter and is nearly fully funded after just two days. … Read the full article …

Mixed Reality Piano Trainer Makes Learning the Piano Easy (and maybe even fun)

Back in December of last year, after seeing few compelling consumer augmented reality applications, I wrote a short article about one that I would actually use, an AR piano trainer. I'm thrilled today to see that something very similar has popped up, and can't wait to get my hands on it! … Read the full article …

Meta 01 Augmented Reality Glasses Available for Pre-order for $667

Meta is a successful Kickstarter project that claims to be making "the most advanced augmented reality glasses." Now that the Kickstarter is over, the glasses have become available for pre-order directly through the Meta website. The unit is expected to be delivered starting in November 2013. … Read the full article …

First Google Glass Unboxing Video Appears as Early Adopters Begin Receiving Units

Google Glass Explorer Dev Kits are being delivered to developers – and following suit are the first unboxing videos that show the device's great production quality. Last year at Google’s I/O conference, the web behemoth offered an exclusive look into its vision of the future of head-mounted devices: Google Glass. The augmented reality glasses created lots of buzz when Google released an interesting video of the technology in action. Interested developers could sign-up for the Google Glass … Read the full article …