Augmented reality

Sam Abuelsamid: Heads Up!

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1838

Sam joins Leo to talk about the new Mercedes S Class luxury sedan. A very large and powerful car with an augmented reality heads-up display. Sam says this new feature is coming to many car models during the next few years. HUDs are not new, but up until now, the HUD has been in a single plane at the middle to leading edge of the hood. This new generation of HUD will offer the car data information floating about four feet before you and in multiple planes and give the driver greater situational awareness.

What's the Latest in VR?

Quest 2

Episode 1804

Andrew from Ventura, CA

Andrew bought an HTC Vive virtual reality device and he says it's a blast to play games with it. But it's a few years old now and wants to know what's the new hot device for VR? Leo says that Facebook pretty much owns the VR space now with the Oculus Quest 2. But he will have to log into a Facebook account to use it, which Leo doesn't like. And if he uses a dummy account, they can cancel his Quest account and make the device useless. Outside of that, development in VR has really slowed down.

Sam Abuelsamid: Escaladed

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1777

Sam joins Leo to talk about the new Cadillac Escalade and its Augmented Reality instrument cluster display. It's 37" wide and has an OLED screen. It's great for navigation since it projects directions floating above the image coming from the front-facing camera. The next generation will have a multi-plane heads-up display that can be projected on the windshield. That's going to be really cool, as well as safe. 

Sam Abuelsamid ... and the Augmented HUD

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1738

Sam joins Leo to talk about a new kind of heads up display that uses augmented reality to give the driver more information. The new generation hud will be hitting the market in the coming months (2021). HUDs have become fairly common since it's debut in 1988. It projects light through an LCD in your dashboard onto the windshield. HUDs make the information look like it's hovering about 3-4 away above your hood. 

Apple May Be Developing Augmented Reality Glasses

Augmented Glasses

Episode 1696

Two journalists who are very accurate when it comes to Apple rumors are predicting that the company is developing Augmented Reality Glasses. Ming Gi Quo says that Apple will launch the AR specs in 2022, while John Prosser thinks it'll happen next year in 2021. Leo likes the idea and finds AR far more compelling at virtual reality. It keeps you rooted in the real world. 

Virtual Reality Desktop?

Oculus Quest

Episode 1635

Grant from St Paul, Minnesota

Grant is interested in a Virtual Reality desktop experience. Microsoft was looking to push that idea with their Hololens for VR, but Leo believes they are backing off on that idea as people believe there's still a ways to go with VR. Having to wear VR goggles for so long can potentially make you sick and that you can't see the world around you. Augmented Reality, or Mixed Reality as Microsoft is calling it, is a possible fix around Microsoft is pushing since it overlays information onto your display while enabling you to still see the world around you.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1537

The Virtuali-Tee offers a guided tour inside your body! It's easy. Put the Virtuali-Tee shirt on, open the app and point your device’s camera at the Virtuali-Tee. The app scans the Virtuali-Tee and you'll see an image of the internal body system. Then you can – and kids will love this part – virtually dissect the organs in gross detail! Tap anywhere on the screen to peel back the layers of the body and interact with the different systems and organs by clicking on the hotspots.

Leo Tries the Magic Leap VR Headset

Episode 1532

Leo had a chance to try out the "Creator's edition" of the new Magic Leap Virtual Reality Headset. Magic Leap has raised $1.4 Billion to create this VR headset. Leo says that selling a developer's edition is the new Beta. People buy them, and then shake out the bugs. Leo says that while VR is initially a wow experience, over time, you start to get sick to your stomach. And while Magic Leap was interesting, Leo says we are still in the infant days of virtual and augmented reality.

FOLLOWUP: Can I connect my camera to my iPhone?

BeMyEyes

Episode 1518

Julian from Los Angeles, CA

Julian called in with a suggestion for for Larry in Prescott, AZ, who wanted to connect an external camera to his smartphone for use with an app called BeMyEyes that acts as a visual aid. Julian's idea is to either use an Android device for this, or to use a service called aira.io. This service works in conjunction with glasses that would be worn and identify what things it is seeing.

Is there an app to automate functions in iOS?

iOS 12 Siri Shortcuts

Episode 1515

Dale from Palmdale, CA

Dale wants to know how he can automate functions on the iPhone. Leo says that in iOS 12, there will be a suggestions and shortcuts app that will enable him to automate a lot of things. He also wants to use augmented reality with his iPhone. Leo says that NBC and Comcast is huge into it, and have an app called Augmen.TV.

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