Nissan Google Glass Competitor, 3E?

A concept video of a HUD display, Google Glass competitor from Nissan was released by the company. The video doesn’t get into any specifications or features. But from what we can see, the device looks very much like Glass except much more geometric and the prism seems to sit at eye level rather than just above the eye like Google’s Glass.

The countdown suggests that we will find out what the 3E is all about in just over 8 days (8 days 18 hours 26 minutes and counting to be exact). The announcement is expected to be made at the 43rd Tokyo Motorshow 

More images of the concept model can be found on Nissan Japan’s web page.

This is isn’t the first wearable tech Nissan has teased us with. Back in September, Nissan released a trailer for their Nissan Nismo Smartwatch. But we have yet to hear of anything move past the concept stage from the car manufacturer.

Intelligent Glasses Translate Languages in Real-Time

Intelligent Glasses translate Japanese, Korean, Chinese and English in real time. Once a swath of text is placed in front of the glasses, the character recognition technology kicks into gear, resulting in a projected image of translated text which is layered over the original foreign text. Translation processing time currently clocks in at over five seconds for the prototype.
(via Intelligent Glasses quickly translate foreign languages in real time | DVICE)

Intelligent Glasses Translate Languages in Real-Time

Intelligent Glasses translate Japanese, Korean, Chinese and English in real time. Once a swath of text is placed in front of the glasses, the character recognition technology kicks into gear, resulting in a projected image of translated text which is layered over the original foreign text. Translation processing time currently clocks in at over five seconds for the prototype.

(via Intelligent Glasses quickly translate foreign languages in real time | DVICE)

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World’s Largest Ferris Wheel in Japan Will Feature AR
Some information from the CNET article you can read here
"Called the Nippon Moon giant observation wheel (GOW), it could be twice the size of the London Eye wheel”
"The experience of riding the Nippon Moon is going to be an augmented-reality one. The glass of the observation pods can be turned on via smartphone to show a digitally altered view of the landscape, possibly including information from Google Street View and Maps, although UNStudio doesn’t detail exactly how this is accomplished."
via: xeonwired

World’s Largest Ferris Wheel in Japan Will Feature AR

Some information from the CNET article you can read here

"Called the Nippon Moon giant observation wheel (GOW), it could be twice the size of the London Eye wheel”

"The experience of riding the Nippon Moon is going to be an augmented-reality one. The glass of the observation pods can be turned on via smartphone to show a digitally altered view of the landscape, possibly including information from Google Street View and Maps, although UNStudio doesn’t detail exactly how this is accomplished."

via: xeonwired

Underground Bicycle Parking Systems in Japan

Danny Choo demonstrates Japanese robotic underground parking systems for bikes - video below:

Too many bicycles and not enough space in Japan - so what do they do?

They dig wells in the ground and build robotic systems to store your two wheelers underground - safe from harsh weather and naughty thieves.
http://culturejapan.tv

via: prostheticknowledge

Baby’s First Picture - a 3D Hologram in the Womb?

It may be slightly disturbing, but a Japanese company can now print a 3D hologram of your unborn foetus. Oliver Wainwright explains.
Photograph: Pioneer

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Baby’s First Picture - a 3D Hologram in the Womb?

It may be slightly disturbing, but a Japanese company can now print a 3D hologram of your unborn foetus. Oliver Wainwright explains.

Photograph: Pioneer

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Japanese Beverage Company Puts Disney Flip Book Style Animations on Bottles

Every now and then something low tech - like this Japanese Beverage Company putting Disney Flip Book Style animations on the their bottles - reminds me that not everything needs to have augmented reality, 3D printing or minority report-like qualities to leave you with a sense of wonder.

Sometimes magic happens just by turning a can.

via: laughingsquid

AR or augmented reality is not a new thing. QR codes and similar have been trying to push their way to the masses via print for a while now. This Headphone Music Festival campaign in Tokyo Japan is a great example of  how a whole other layer of reality can be seen through a connected device. 

Users download an app and then use it to view virtual concerts of their favorite artists when they hold their mobile phones over a set of headphones (the visual cue or QR code here). This Augmented Reality Music Festival looks like it was awesome to engage with but even better to witness as someone who is just passing by (i.e. a marketer’s dream).

I have to say that I feel as though my arm would get tired watching a whole set of a virtual concert through my phone (but one could argue you do this anyways when filming with an iPhone in real life) - but what this video does for me is further solidify how exciting something like Google Glasses is in bringing a whole new dimension to content and engagement with media that we are not currently used to.

Check out the video and shoot me some notes on your reaction.

via digitalsculpture: Augmented Reality Music Festival