Sony's SmartAR Demo Takes Augmented Reality To A New Level

Augmented reality has a long way to go before it's widely used in mainstream homes, but it's already progressing to a point where technology lovers are taking notice. The Nintendo 3DS makes great use of AR, and clearly Sony doesn't want to be left behind in the race. The company has recently revealed a new kind of AR, called SmartAR. In typical augmented reality situations, you need a card or inanimate object to then view something real. But in Sony's SmartAR demo, the company uses "markerless" object recognition to focus on real-life objects, making the interactions that much more genuine. There's no word yet on when this system will be integrated into shipping products -- it's very much a prototype / show-off system for now -- but the video below should be enough to get you hopeful for a near-term release.