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Will the human body support some ways of Augmented Reality?

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      It is not strange that scientists want to push the limits of technology in the human body. This is, of course, the case of Augmented reality, from which we have recently seen the development of the AR glasses by Google.

      The AR glasses are designed to let users capture video with a built-in camera as well as use downloaded apps, internet, and social networks sites on the move. A small projector displays an image in front of the wearer’s eyes while letting them stay aware on the outside world. The idea is easy, the user is able to see valuable information with no need to bring with him/her another special hardware like a smartphone or even a laptop. Thus, we can even think that the glasses may be an extension of the human body, or the eye, allowing the user to perceive more information with no extra effort, only just looking at the place from where the information is required.

      But as always, there are people that go further (which us very good for science),  and try to push these limits even more. Some of these innovators have developed an Augmented Reality system which can be run over a contact lenses! Their idea is basically that the human eye is a perceptual powerhouse. It can see millions of colors, adjust easily to shifting light conditions, and transmit information to the brain at a rate exceeding that of a high-speed Internet connection. But why stop there?  This is the premise that these unstoppable minds have for conducting such amazing researches.

It is true that all of the aforementioned advances sound very nice, and at a first glance we could even think that this is going to be a change in the way we perceive and interact with the environment but, what about the human body limits? Is it ready to physiologically hold such an amount of information?

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User Interface Basics: Windows Phone 7 compared to Android & iOS

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Windows just announced the new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8. We would like to point out what we consider the two main key points for developers:

  1. Nowadays WP7 devices will not be able to upgrade to the new operating system. That is a huge inconvenience. If we want to develop an app for all Windows Phone devices, don’t use WP8 or make one app for WP7 and another for WP8.
  2. All Windows OS will be more similar. Obviously this is a big advantage, it will be much easier to port code between PC, mobile or tablet applications.

By the way, don’t worry about your WP7 apps, they will run in WP8, as Larry Lieberman stressed.

That said, we want to share with you some basic functionalities we have been using in our first steps with WP7. One of ARLab common practices in app development is to include within a parent class the recurring functions used in all screens.

First we will share how iOS & Android  achieve our goal. Then, we will give a step-by-step explanation of how WP7 reaches the same point, if possible. It’s pretty simple, and quite useful for code maintaining.

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