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Augumenta shows off smart glass development tools

Iain Morris
July 31, 2014
Finnish software player Augumenta has shown off new development tools designed to ensure that smart glasses will be easier to use and control.

The company’s new Augumenta Interaction Platform is intended to ensure that multiple applications can be controlled naturally and intuitively on single-camera smart glasses from ChipSIP, Epson and Google.

Augumenta (Oulu, Finland) says the platform will give application developers a “dynamic gesture vocabulary” for commands as well as a “first-of-its-kind interactive virtual surface toolkit”.

As described by the company, virtual surfaces are images that can be seen only by the smart glass user and will respond to inputs like data entry on a numbered keypad.

“We believe smart glasses are a truly new class of computing platform and so require new navigation tools,” said Tero Aaltonen, the co-founder and chief executive of Augumenta. “With both natural, intuitive navigation and an entirely new way to define control surfaces seen only by a glass wearer, developers will be able to craft applications that dramatically enhance productivity for mobile professionals and, ultimately, create consumer applications that go far beyond simple information access.”

Augumenta reckons the smart glasses being developed by ChipSIP (Taipei, Taiwan), Epson (Suwa, Japan) and Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) could benefit workers in numerous industries in a variety of settings – including field service, factory floor, job sites and medical professions.

Greater sophistication would allow users to launch applications by pointing at displayed icons, while slider bars – created as a virtual surface – could be used to control machine operations.

Meanwhile, secure and private data entry using a virtual keypad would facilitate electronic door entry or point-of-sale verification.

Augumenta says its platform is currently in limited beta release for select original equipment manufacturer partners and will become available for developers in the fourth quarter of 2014.

It plans to release the virtual surface design and control functionality module in early 2015.
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