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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Virtual Worlds Panel

During the Virtual Worlds conference in Los Angeles, there was one panel on augmented reality. For those of you who couldn’t make it (like me, grrr) can take a 1-hour-glance at the whole presentation on Roo Reynolds website. Now running is the ISMAR08 in Cambridge this time. I hope we will get some fresh information on new prototypes, ideas and […]

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no cleaning up and feeding for your AR pet

Sony just showed their latest AR hype at the Games Convention in Leipzig. Again, a silly use of augmented reality, but I don’t mind! Every new technology starts off either for the military or by playing around as useless games (I prefer the latter). I hope to see it live in action to judge if the seen video material is […]

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iphone-ish window to the augmented world

No, this actually has nothing to do with Apple Inc., but the cool concept designs from Mac Funamizu from Japan also have a nice iphone look and feel: it looks like you would take off the backside of your cellphone and all of a sudden the real world shows inside your touchscreen – overlaid with all the graphical augmented reality […]

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Lego cutting edge!

Hey there, it seems that Lego again proves itself as a cool company all children love. Designed for young wannabe engineer kids, this new show-off booth for the nearest toys’r’us or similar will keep your offsprings in the store and probably away from those old school virtual reality xbox 360s of this world! Check out the video below. It uses […]

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What is Augmented Reality?

For those of you, who didn’t see too many AR concept videos or drawings and like to get a fresh artist impression, take a look at the video from the eyetap research crew. Their demonstration shows how augmented reality could work once all of us have small powerful devices in our pockets combined with glasses that can overlay graphics to […]

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The Cube is back!

A neat game concept comes from Julian Oliver. An AR-Cube will be seen as a room with stairs and doors, placing a player figure inside. Once you leave one door you will enter another room, which you can see by flipping the actual cube to a different side. This kafkaesque maze has a beautiful optic and an intuitive interaction – […]

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Nerdy gamers get squirrelly!

Hey there, augmented reality flooding the market. Although, we are still lacking an easier interaction plus video output systems, more and more companies jump on the bandwagon and try to sell old concepts of possibly boring card games or tamagotchi styled puppets to the crowds. All geeky Otakus will love it, I will wait for further improvements. But, enough shit […]

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Pimp up your beloved ones

Samsung announced their latest model in the L series, called L310W. Of course, I’m not here to write ads for them, but they integrated a small feature (you would probably never use or switch off because it’s annoying all the time): beauty shot! It will automatically detect faces and put virtual powder on their pimpled skins. Again, this is evidence […]

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Get your cellphone with location-based AR services

Students from my alma mater put together a promising prototype to show how augmented reality works in conjunction with the Android API (you know, that google cellphone thing). Their location-based tool might let you augment your handheld-video-view with city annotations, road marks, waypoints and lets you find your favorite apple store or to pinpoint your pals in the city’s districts. […]

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