|[July 23, 2014]
Augumenta Premiers Development Tools That Make Smart Glasses Work: Defines New Interface for Application Navigation and Control
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
Augumenta, Ltd., a Finland-based software provider, today announced and
demonstrated development tools that define a new user interface for
navigation and control of applications running on smart glass devices.
The company premiered the Augumenta Interaction Platform at the Wearable
Tech Expo, demonstrating natural, intuitive control of multiple
applications running on single-camera smart glasses from ChipSiP, Epson
and Google (News - Alert).
The Augumenta Interaction Platform provides smart glass application
developers with a dynamic gesture vocabulary for commands and a
first-of-its-kind interactive virtual surface toolkit. Virtual surfaces
are privately viewable images that are seen only by the smart glass user
and respond to such inputs as data entry on a numbered keypad or moving
slider bars to change a machine setting.
"We believe smart glasses are a truly new class of computing platform
and so require new navigation tools," said Tero Aaltonen, Co-Founder and
CEO of Augumenta. "With both natural, intuitive navigation and an
entirely new way to define control surfaes 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."
At Work and Play
Augumenta believes that mobile worker applications across many different
industries - from field service, factory floor and job sites to medical
professions - will be areas of fast growth for smart glass deployment in
the next few years. A brief
video produced by Augumenta uses several user scenarios to
illustrate the simplicity and power available to developers of
professional and consumer applications.
The ability to launch applications by pointing at displayed icons is the
first step to navigating through data and controlling tasks. In an
industrial setting, slider bars created as a virtual surface can be used
to control machine operations. Secure, private data entry using a
virtual keypad (which can automatically scramble its characters) allows
electronic door entry or point-of-sale verification.
Identify verification is just the start of many potential consumer
market applications. Multi-user interaction, demonstrated with a simple
game of "Rock, Paper, Scissors" hints at the future for gaming and other
new consumer facing applications.
Now in limited beta release for select OEM partners, the Augumenta
Interaction Platform for gesture-based navigation and control will be
generally available to developers in the fourth quarter of 2014. The
virtual surface design and control functionality module will be released
in early 2015. More information and registration for the company
newsletter is here: www.augumenta.com.
Augumenta develops interaction solutions for wearable electronics.
Combining hand gestures and augmented reality, the company's software
enables new ways to control applications and devices. Headquartered in
Oulu, Finland, with a support hub in Taipei, Taiwan, Augumenta licenses
its products to global OEMs, integrators and developers.
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