At the Maker Faire event currently running in the San Francisco Bay Area, a pair of former Valve engineeers have been demonstrating their CastAR augmented reality glasses, to great acclaim.
The current prototypes, which are extremely rough with bare circuitboards, solder and wires, contain a pair of miniature projectors mounted on the glasses and attached by wi-fi to a PC. A special reflective screen is set up, while infra-red LEDs around the edge of the screen track the position of your head, allowing the glasses to shutter left-and-right at 120 frames per second to create the 3D effect.
According to a hands-on report from The Verge, it’s an incredibly promising piece of technology, with players even being hooked together in multiplayer to share the same 3D space but receive their own virtual images.
The makers are calling themselves Technical Illusions, and they revealed that there was an internal struggle at Valve between supporters of augmented reality and supporters of virtual reality — and the virtual reality supporters won. However, Valve were apparently keen to make sure that the pair kept all their hard work and were allowed to develop it on their own when they left.
“Gabe was completely behind it,” said Jeri Ellsworth. “I talked to Gabe, and he talked to the lawyers, and he’s like, ‘It’s theirs, make it happen,’ because he could see we were passionate about it.”
Source: The Verge (thanks Stefan)