Bose today intrduced Frames, an innovative product combining the style of premium sunglasses, functionality of wireless headphones, and the world’s first audio augmented reality platform, into a single wearable. Simply put, these take micro-acoustics and voice control to a whole new level. Sporting a proprietary open-ear design, they are capable of streaming music, information, take / make calls, and access virtual assistants, all the while keeping playlists, entertainment, as well as conversations private. It’s powered by a lithium battery that connects to an included pogo-pin cable for charging. When fully charged, they’re good for up to 3.5 hours for playback and 12 hours on standby – can be fully recharged in less than two hours. Frames, along with the Bose AR app, will be available in January 2019 for $199, with pre-orders starting today. Read more a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
Arm-A-Dine, developed by researchers at RMIT University’s Exertion Games Lab, is a prototype chest-mounted robotic feeding arm of sorts that is designed to augment the social experience of eating. This contraption not only grabs food from the table, but also decides on who to feed it to, thanks to a facial recognition app running on an attached smartphone. That’s right, it scans your partner’s expression and only feeds them if they’re smiling, while a neutral expression causes the arm to hover ambiguously in the middle. Read more for additional pictures and information.
You can either play video games to control characters that can agilely evolve in virtual environments, or use Disney Research’s PuppetPhone. Simply put, this augmented reality experience reduces the gap between physical toys and virtual characters. As you move your smartphone around, a puppet responds in real time to the manipulations seen through the screen. “The virtual character moves in order to follow the user gestures, as if it was attached to the phone via a rigid stick,” according to the paper. Read more for the video and additional information.