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  July 24, 2013

New York Exhibit Presents 35 Years of AR Technology

By Eye² Staff

Google Glass, FreeGlass, MannGlas, Meta, and various other forms of DEG (Digital Eye Glass) were the subject of a special exhibit at AWE (Augmented World Expo) on June 4 to June 5 in New York.

The first-time exhibit covered DEG—35 years-in-the-making—with original artifacts including the world's first wearable computers and wearable AR vision systems, and the world's first Digital Eye Glass. The exhibit and meeting, which brought together leading players in the Augmented Reality field, coincided with the launch of the Transparent, Open AR Vision Working Group discussion entitled "Open and Transparent AR Vision, FreeGlass, and Veillance" at AWE 2013.

Among the technologies on display were the EyeTap (pictured at right). Also known as "Digital Eye Glass," or "MannGlas," it was specifically invented, designed, and built 35 years ago by AR pioneer Professor Steve Mann of the University of Toronto, to help people see better, and is used in both industrial applications and everyday applications. (photos courtesy of Professor Mann.). Wearable devices from manufacturers such as MicroOptical, MyVue, MicroVision and Vuzix were also on display.

The exhibit was also presented at the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), an annual international forum sponsored by the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) in Toronto, Canada on June 27 to June 29. It will travel to other conferences as well, according to the exhibit's organizers.

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