Items tagged with augmented-reality

News on the Oculus front has been coming in at a rapid pace in recent weeks. We’ve learned that the Oculus Rift will ship to consumers in early 2016, we’ve seen a look at the device in its final form, and we’ve learned about minimum system requirements (OS X and Linux users are SOL at this point). Today, we’re learning that Oculus’ deep-pocketed parent company Facebook has purchased British firm Surreal Vision, whose software can map our real world and turn it into a “living” virtual environment. “We are overhauling state-of-the-art 3D scene reconstruction algorithms to provide a rich, up-to-date... Read more...
Augmented Reality seems to be all the rage these days. Last week at GTC 2015, we saw some rather interesting augmented/virtual reality demos from Google and some of its software development partners. Using the Project Tango Developmental Tablet, demos were shown of Zombie Gunship Reality and an in-door navigation app that directs you to your destination via on screen arrows. But perhaps the most amazing use of augmented reality that we’ve seen yet — at least with regards to gaming — comes from Magic Leap, a company that has received half a billion in venture capital funding from Google and a number... Read more...
Of all the experimental, “Skunkworks” projects that Google is currently working on; Project Tango is perhaps one of my favorites. Project Tango offers a new way to interact with our world through the use of 3D motion and real-time depth sensing. Combined with custom software and hardware sensors, Project Tango devices are capable of performing over a quarter million 3D measurements per second to create a 3D model of the world we see. There are endless possibilities with Project Tango, as Google clearly notes. “What if you could capture the dimensions of your home simply by walking around with your... Read more...
If running around your house, office building, or a public space with your smartphone strapped into a gun-like gaming accessory while you and your pals engage in augmented reality video game that overlays gameplay in real time over whatever environment you’re in, you might be a person that wants to drop some cash on the Rescape project on Kickstarter. Rescape calls itself a Reality Gaming platform that offers mobile, multiplayer, immersive augmented reality games, and you can see some exciting stuff happening starting at about 45 seconds into the team’s promo video. Rescape uses former... Read more...
There were rumors that Microsoft was developing some kind of gaming glasses last year, and thanks to a patent application, it seems that a Microsoft head-mounted display (HMD) is closer to becoming a reality. The patent is for “multiplayer gaming with head-mounted display”. However, reading through the patent, it seems that Microsoft is only patenting “a system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device”. Granted, the means by which one player invites another is impressively complex:... Read more...
Google Glass’ destiny is surely augmented reality--wherein the user looking through Google Glass sees extra data when viewing objects such as buildings or signs--and the OpenGlass project is already pushing towards that end. The brainchild of graduate students Brandyn White and Andrew Miller, OpenGlass is a library for Google Glass (available on GitHub), and the duo demonstrated how the spectacles can be used for augmented reality. In a video, they showed how a user could look at the Washington Monument and see how tall it is; or look at a sign and view the Spanish translation; or look at... Read more...