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Posted June 3, 2013
Atheer co-founder and chief executive Soulaiman Itani poses with the prototype glasses that overlay the Internet on the real world in 3D on May 30, 2013.

Atheer co-founder and chief executive Soulaiman Itani poses with the prototype glasses that overlay the Internet on the real world in 3D on May 30, 2013.

While Google prepares to release eyewear that provides a window to the Web, a startup on the edge of its campus is readying glasses that overlay the Internet on the world in 3D.

Atheer Labs on Thursday provided the first public look at prototype eyewear that lets people manipulate virtual objects, maps and more in the air in a style reminiscent of a scene in the film “Minority Report.”

“The whole idea is that technology is becoming smart enough to wrap itself around you,” Atheer co-founder and chief executive Soulaiman Itani said while providing AFP a demonstration.

“It is an opportunity of taking the Internet and making it much more immersive, connected and helpful in a non-intrusive way; like our hidden guardian angel.”

Itani and Atheer chief technology officer Allen Yang described what their team is building as an extension of the trend of sophisticated mobile technology bringing Internet services to people when they want.

“The next step, we believe, is natural interaction through computer vision,” Itani said.

“We worked hard to do that in portable fashion,” he continued. “This is like putting the Xbox and the Kinect and the Internet in your pocket running on a battery.”

Atheer is working on versions of the eyewear that access the Internet by wirelessly connecting to smartphones or Wi-Fi hotspots and which have telecom chip capabilities to link to mobile phone networks.

Read more at: Phys.org

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