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In less than 24 hours, two technological powerhouses, Google and Sony, revealed the impending release of two gadgets that may shape the future of both fashion and gaming. While both devices have been rumored for quite some time, they are a geek’s wet dream and I can’t help but ponder if the future finally been revealed?
Google Announces Google Wear
Google announced that they will shortly release a new operating system that they have specifically designed for wearable devices including smartwatches. Called Android Wear, the system will incorporate a number of new and existing features including: intergration with Android smartphones, Google Maps, fitness apps, voice activation and Google Now.
Google expressed that the success of Android Wear depends on the design of the devices that it has been installed on.To ensure that customers are attracted to the look of the wearable, Google is currently working in partnership with a number of established fashion brands including Fossil. However, the company is also working with existing Android partners such as Asus, LG, Motorola and Samsung.
The first device to utilise Android Wear is scheduled to be released in October 2014.
Playstation 4 VR Headset Revealed
At Game Developers Conference 2014, Sony unveiled their plans to release a virtual reality headset for the Playstation 4. Under the codename: Project Morpheus, the VR headset will use 1080p LCD screens to offer the player a 90 degree field of view. To accomplish this, the headset works in tandem with the Playstation 4 Camera and Playstation Movie which allows the gaming system to track the player’s position and movements. The VR headset prototype is currently connected to the Playstation 4 via a 5 meter cable. However, Sony have revealed that they intend for the final version to work wirelessly.
While the Playstation 4 VR headset is being developed with gaming in mind, Sony have been quick to add that the product will become more of an integral part of the system including a series of apps and educational software. A prime example of this is an ongoing project with NASA which will allow Playstation 4 owners to feel like they are a part of the space agency on the planet Mars.
Taking inspiration from the Oculus Rift, Sony are currently working on 3D binaual tech that they hope to implement at launch. The company feels that the addition of 3D will add to the immersion of the VR headset experience. Considering the number of additions that are yet planned for the headset, it isn’t surprising that Sony did not announce if the product will be on sale this year. However, the games: Thief and EVE Valkryie, will be demoed on Project Morpheus at GDC 2014 while an SDK will shortly be available for game developers.