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Nokia Seidhr: hands on with Microsoft’s answer to Google Glass. APRIL FOOL!

APRIL FOOL! Recombu has been given an exclusive hands-on with a new Nokia-Microsoft project that could make Google Glass look as fashionable as NHS spectacles.

Seidhr – named for ancient Norse sorcery – uses Nokia’s transparent graphene technology to project a floating interface in front of the user, featuring full motion high definition video.

We were lucky enough to have a few days to play with Seidhr and experience a wearable mobile technology even more flexible than Google Glass.

In addition to hosting a slightly buggy wearable version of Windows 8, Microsoft has also provided motion-tracking technology from Kinect for what it calls the Microsoft Visor.

Infrared micro-lasers are used to track users’ eyes around the interface, which work in concert with touch commands through the graphene visor.

There are also HD nano-cameras allowing you to take panoramic video and photos, and eye-tracking enabling you to zoom in discretely.

Well, we say discretely, but one drawback of the floating interface is that everyone else can see what you’re looking at – so be careful what you watch on your that packed commuter train.

Nokia Seidhr: hands on with Microsoft’s answer to Google Glass
Seidhr Visor: other people can see what you’re watching

Seidhr is part of a joint venture between Microsoft and Nokia, called Application Prototype Reality Interface Logging For Original Orthogonal Limits.

Google Glass is moving gradually from übergeek-ultrachic prototype into the wider community, with products like the Samsung Galaxy Glass Note bringing a widescreen feel to wearable tech.

In similar fashion, we expect to see Seidhr emerge from the Nokia Research Centre in Helsinki, onto the streets sometime around Nevervember.


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