Eyetap

Eyetap is the most metal-sounding pair of augmented reality glasses / smart glasses that you will come across.

Eyetap is being worked on over at the University of Toronto and has been worked on for quite sometime now. The first Eyetap was made in 1981 and consisted of a big backpack and a helmet. Even though it started off as a backpack and helmet combo, it has continuously been improved and has definitely gotten slimmer.

Eyetap is worn in front of the eye(s). The device records whatever is being looked at and then superimposes computer-generated images over what it being seen. Eyetap is able to do that thanks to the help of several components: a beam splitter, a camera, a computer, and a projector.

The beam splitter is used to reflect and send the same captured image (what is being looked at) to the eye and the camera on Eyetap. The camera digitizes the reflected image from the beam splitter and sends it to a computer. The computer processes the image and sends it over to the projector. The projector then sends the image to the other side of the beam splitter to reflect the computer-generated images into the eye to be superimposed over what’s being looked at. The end result of all that is being able to display / see data, and other information over things that are in the real world.

Below is a video that explains how the device works and even shows an example of it being used.

I’ll admit that I chuckled a bit when I saw all the glue, but I can’t hold anything against that because it is a prototype that is nowhere near completion. And, considering that the original project consisted of a big backpack and a helmet – they’ve managed to slim it down a lot and have made some great progress.

Besides getting to see all that crazy glue, we got a glance of what is possible with Eyetap. In the video above, we got to see some virtual tags superimposed over the real world. It’s nothing incredible that we haven’t seen, but still interesting. As you can imagine, Eyetap will be capable of doing a lot more if it ever gets finished. Real-time stats of sports, stock charts, virtual blueprints pretty much anything can be superimposed over the real world. I would say the sky is the limit, but this device can superimpose stuff over that too.

Now, as I said before, this is far from a finished project. So, obviously there is no release date information, possible pricing, or even a guarantee that it will hit the market. With that said, it’s a project that’s worth taking a peek at every once in a while because it is getting somewhere. It’s definitely not a project that seems to be disappearing any time soon and I doubt it will with the increasing demand for smart and augmented reality glasses. If you want to find out more about it, then click here.

So, do you have any thoughts you want to share about Eyetap? What was your reaction when you saw all the glue?