NTT DoCoMo announces augmented reality specs

October 8, 2010

One of the futuristic demos at Createc came from NTT Docomo with its augmented reality glasses known as the AR Walker.

The technology comprises a small retinal display, attached to the frame of a pair of glasses, which can project text and images such as directions or information about the facilities available at a location or venue.

NTT Docomo’s demo provided a virtual tour of Kyoto.

The wearer uses peripheral vision to see the projected data, so that their normal eye contact with the world around them is not significantly compromised.

The technology connects wirelessly with a smartphone with AR software, an acceleration sensor and a direction sensor.

This indicates which way the wearer is facing - navigation information is provided when the wearer is looking straight ahead, while weather information will be projected when the wearer looks up to the sky.

Although technology that provides the same information as the AR Walker is readily available already, the difference is the way that this technology reacts to a user’s normal behaviour.

NTT DoCoMo also announced an alliance with Pioneer Corporation to develop navigation services compatible with the “docomo Drive Net” service in Japan.

Pioneer is to develop a mobile car-navigation app for smartphones which should be available next year.


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