Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Mobile Augmented Reality concept demo

This is very cool - an augmented reality game using a mobile device.

"The phone provides a window into a 3d town overrun with zombies. Point the camera at our special game map to mix virtual and real world content. Civilians are trapped in the town, and must escape before the zombies eat them! From your vantage point in a helicopter overhead, you must shoot the zombies to clear the path for the civilians to get out. Watch out though as the zombies will fight back, throwing bloody organs to bring down your copter. Move the phone quickly to dodge them. You can also use Skittles as tangible inputs to the game, placing one on the board and shooting it to trigger an explosion."

What I particularly like is the use of the Skittles to represent bombs - different colour Skittles have different effects in the game. My seven year old nephew would totally freak out over this (& what's the betting he'll be playing somethig even more amazing before he's ten?).

Buried in the comments (2nd comment) is the admission "Right now it’s just a concept demonstration, but I’d love to take this (and similar games) into production; unfortunately, there’s no commercial device that can run such stuff yet. So, nothing will happen in that regard till there’s Tegra-based devices (or something similarly powerful) available to run it. And, of course, it would have to be financially viable."

I'm sure these issues can be solved...

See also - Augmented reality for Topps baseball cards

1 comment:

Matt said...

Nice. I think we'll find the most useful and exciting AR experiences will be found with the use of mobile.

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