Augmented Reality Concepts Piling Up

Google's Project Glass is probably the best known of the "augmented reality" displays being worked on. The basic concept of augmented reality goes something like this: you put on a head mounted device of some kind (Google uses a eyeglass style device) that features a video display. This HUD, or Head's Up Display, can overlay information onto the real world, giving you additional data on what you are looking at. For example, you walk onto a street with several restaurants, and your display shows you that some friends are eating there already. You can presently do this with Apps available for iPhone and Android devices. There have already been mentions of a series of Apple patents, and now Microsoft apparently has it's toes in the water also. The Google Glass promo below gives you an idea of what to expect...

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