Elusive Imagination, Delivered

Augmented Reality

During my search for new materials, I’ve come to a point where I find augmented reality a fascinating thing. I’ve heard of it before but I didn’t take it seriously thinking it was not that important for my thesis. But after looking at these findings, it seems apparent that augmented reality plays a significant part to vision based gaming and interactivity.

For those unfamiliar with the definition, augmented reality is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are augmented by virtual computer -generated imagery (yeah, I got this from Wikipedia :P). What it means is that users are able to use real-live feed of your bedroom or backyard and generate computer imagery based on the real-life environment. It sounds futuristic but the truth is, it really is.

If you still not sure what augmented reality looks like, here’s a screenshot from the film Iron Man.

Remember this scene when Tony Stark was designing the Iron Man suit using this cool graphical projection device? Well, that was AR, in a more complex way but it’s possible. There was also the scene when Tony had the Model One Iron Man suit on display and he was literally “touching” the suit as if it was a physical object, amending and dumping the unnecessary stuff into the recycle bin. His workshop is a true science lab as he can also interact with the computer verbally.

AR really started out as a science fiction gimmick and not a reality. It was used and mentioned in various forms but you don’t really see them in real life. That ‘s because the technology still isn’t there yet although several prototypes and theories had been made over the years. Recently, there’s a Transformers AR mini-game where users can have the head of Optimus Prime or have Bumblebee display a trailer of the movie. All of these are done by only using the webcam and your physical self, expect the part where you have to printout a symbol and point it to the camera to display the Bumblebee character. See it for yourself here.

From the University of South Australia comes a yet another intuitive AR that’s called ARQuake- a real-life shooting simulation using the famed Quake game. Players can use their surroundings to play a game of Quake.

Sorry to make this post very brief but I will expand it as soon as my other work here is done.


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