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.
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.