Thursday, August 13, 2009

That's using your box.

Most iPhone apps seem cool but not very special. This one is actually kind of amazing in that "simple but powerful way"

for the uninitiated

Augmented reality (AR) is a field of computer research which deals with the combination of real-world and computer-generated data (virtual reality), where computer graphics objects are blended into real footage in real time. The term is believed to have been coined in 1990 by Thomas Caudell, an employee of Boeing at the time[1].

At present, most AR research is concerned with the use of live video imagery which is digitally processed and "augmented" by the addition of computer-generated graphics. Advanced research includes the use of motion-tracking data, fiducial markers recognition using machine vision, and the construction of controlled environments containing any number of sensors and actuators.

Here's another nifty application on an Android phone (Google phone OS). Things like this may start cropping up more and more as smartphones become more affordable and prevalent. I can imagine people walking around a place like Berlin or Paris and having the system bring up text indicating the history of a particular building or display an image of what that area used to look like (say for example pre war Berlin). It should be noted that these systems aren't quite there yet but are interesting nonetheless.

There are some game applications for this technology as well (obviously):

Anyways I've nerded this board out enough for now.

1 comment:

Dementor said...

I'd rather 3DO