Last month we reported that Microsoft’s Augmented Reality Glass project is under hold due to some reasons. But that doesn’t mean Microsoft has stopped working on wearable as a whole. Today, IBTimes reported that Microsoft has been conducting secret UK trials of a wearable computer. This wearable device is not a glass, instead it is a wearable band, which delivers information and instructions to the user through an earpiece. It is developed in partnership with Department of Business Innovation and Skills and Guide Dogs UK to help blind people “see”. Microsoft started the testing with a group of eight blind people in Reading, Berkshire. One of them commented that this wearable device enables him to find his way around cities “as easily as anybody else”. It helps the blind people to navigate around complex buildings and public spaces. Tesco, Barclays, Costa Coffee, First Great Western and First Group are among ...

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Recently, we have been reporting about number of patents related to Augmented Reality glasses by Microsoft. Today, we came across another one which describes a technology to protect the wearer’s eyes. Wearer’s eyes need to be protected from too much light from the display. The brightness of the display is a combination of how much external light gets through the display and how much light is being used to display images. Thus, if too much external light shines through the display the user may experience eye damage or discomfort. Also, if too much light is used to display images, the user may suffer eye discomfort or damage. Read the abstract below on how Microsoft’s tries to solve this issue. Abstract: The technology provides various embodiments for controlling brightness of a see-through, near-eye mixed display device based on light intensity of what the user is gazing at. The opacity of the ...

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  We have previously reported about lots of patents related to augmented reality glasses from Microsoft. Today, another interesting patent was published. In this, the method of automatic scrolling of text is described for a see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device. This will allow users to enjoy text, such as in an electronic book or magazine, word processing document, email, karaoke, teleprompter or other public speaking assistance application without any user input to scroll through the content. User’s eye gaze is used as the input to enable this technology. Abstract: A see-through head-mounted display (HMD) device, e.g., in the form of glasses, provides view an augmented reality image including text, such as in an electronic book or magazine, word processing document, email, karaoke, teleprompter or other public speaking assistance application. The presentation of text and/or graphics can be adjusted based on sensor inputs indicating a gaze direction, focal distance and/or biological ...

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Two interesting job listings from Microsoft was revealed today. One of them is from the team which created Kinect which is working on revolutionizing consumer electronic devices. Their work involves developing ground-breaking hardware, software, and experiences across computer vision, machine learning, human-computer interaction, image and video processing, networking and graphics. I guess Alex Kipman, the creative head behind Kinect is leading this project now. Microsoft is working on revolutionizing consumer electronic devices, and you can be a part of that. The group that created Kinect and profoundly changed the way people interact with technology is forming a team to change the world again! We are a growing team of expert engineers working in an agile and high-energy environment to redefine experiences by making technology disappear. We are developing ground-breaking hardware, software, and experiences across computer vision, machine learning, human-computer interaction, image and video processing, networking and graphics. Are you an ...

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