Projected Future

Hi all, Wired posted a blog article about MIT guys, playing around with projected AR again. They use a pocket projector to do the augmentation right where it belongs: on the surface or object it is connected to. This has the advantage of not having to wear ugly HMDs or glasses, but of course has its drawbacks: bad image quality […]

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his bARk is worse than his bit

The people from Georgia Tech made a nice demo using the iPhone and releasing a virtual dog into your living room. You can pet him and feed him. Unfortuantelly now everybody is waiting for the iPhone to open up its SDK for (video) camera access. Until now no AR video games can be uploaded to the iTunes store. What a […]

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NBC: The Thin Yellow Line

A nice report on “how does the yellow line appear on football fields in TV” is shown below at FANDOME. The company doing it is called SportsMedia. They use a combination of tracking systems, pipe it through the camera’s 2nd audio channel to their computers and have two operators for adjusting the line’s position and controlling the chroma keying for […]

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New Year, New Goggles

Hi all, happy new year! Let’s see what 2009 can do for us and our augmented reality expectations. The newest piece of gadgetymagics is the Wrap 920AV from Vuzix. These see-through glasses promise a 60 inch screen experience (from 9 feet distance) and come with stereo sound in a sporty

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AR goes live TV

Frankly, AR is nothing too new in live television. The good old blue screen is already a basic form of AR. But truely, it’s getting better with free camera movements and without the need for blue or green screens in the back (although the host still has to squint outside the camera to see the composed image on an additional […]

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cool cats don’t have to buy goggles

Alright, another fun application and a virtual wardrobe! Ray-Ban built a neat application you can download from their website: “virtual mirror”. This youtube video shows the idea ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvQVSHGam5A ). To help the tracking you have to pinpoint some 8 features of your face and then the latest models of Ray-Ban shades jump to your eyes. Tracking is not too […]

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USE! YOUR! IMAGINATION!

Well, this his highly necessary, since the prototype of maximum-hype-company tonchidot is not really there yet. So far everybody has seen the Super Mario soundtracked video on youtube, where they use an iPhone to tag the real world in an AR style. But tracking is poor and the prototype with the nice idea does not give any clues how far […]

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Too much to digest – ISMAR08

Hi friends, there is a lot of buzz going on ISMAR and lots of news regarding Augmented Reality. Since Games Alfresco has a pretty good and daily coverage of what is going on I just want to refer to his website instead of copying information from an event I myself could unfortunately not attend. Enjoy all the news and videos […]

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Build your own AR

During ISMAR08 Mark Billinghurst from HITLAB just announced their latest release: a toolkit to try out AR yourself. Aiming at no-programmers, this tool is as easy as Powerpoint or Notepad (supposedly). Check out the website for BuildAR and download it for free (WinXP/Vista). :)

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