A workable HMD augmented reality unit is a major step forward for the technology. Once a see-through model is available, we can break out of the “magic lens” smartphone. However, a see-through HMD is still a couple of years away and until then we’ve got to make due with what’s currently available.
Craig Kapp, a full time graduate student at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU, has put together a working HMD unit with the Vuzix VR920 model and the ARCam.
When I contacted Craig this is what he had to say:
Thanks for the message. I am using the Vuzix VR920 head mounted display in conjunction with their brand new “CamAR” attachment – it’s a snap-on webcam that fits snugly onto the front of the goggle. Here’s some more info on my blog about the project.
I’m working on a larger project that involves these goggles + a voice detection package to create a sonically controllable AR environment. Feel free to check back in a week or two for an update!
While a unit like this would never be usable by the masses, it could allow researchers and hard-core AR enthusiasts to create early full view games and apps. I’m looking forward to hearing how Craig’s project turns out. Maybe some of the other AR gear heads could lend a hand with making the project more immersive or porting it to a smartphone.