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Atheer's Mobile 3-D Interface Is Augmented Reality on Steroids

May 31, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and Images by CHRISTINA BONNINGTON / Wired

A California company has answered a question few people have probably thought to ask: What would happen if you combined the wearability of Google Glass with the gesture-based control of Microsoft Kinect? The answer is a pretty cool wearable interface you can control using your voice or gestures.

Mountain View startup Atheer wants to make it easier, and more natural, to interact with the digital world. A prototype of its interactive 3-D interface shows it is well on its way.

"The goal is to give people what we believe is a much better experience in connecting with the digital world," CEO Soulaiman Itani told Wired. Atheer aims to do that in three ways: By not using a tiny display, by using natural gesture-based interfaces, and by employing 3-D.

It should be noted that Atheer's technology, though worn like glasses in one prototype, is not a Google Glass doppelg´┐Żnger. Glass is more akin to a heads up display that places information in the upper right corner of your field of vision. Atheer's mobile 3-D platform projects a display in front of you, so it seems you're looking at a large screen some distance away. Itani says the distance can be adjusted to suit different situations and preferences. You can watch a movie, read a book, or examine a map, navigating and controlling operations using simple hand gestures. The "stop" hand sign, for instance, is used to return to a main menu. This interface also could be used for augmented reality applications, overlaying Yelp information, for example, onto businesses as you look at them

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