Wow neat is this? A man known only by his Internet handle ”cranberryzero” has integrated an augmented reality experience into his arm! If you’ve purchased Nintendo latest handheld the 3DS, you’d know that the system comes bundled with a pack of AR Cards. When you point the 3DS’ outer cameras at the cards an augmented reality game or a bunch of classic Nintendo characters come to life. Here, cranberryzero apparently walked into a tattoo parlor and came out with one of the AR Cards imprinted on his wrist. Now when he points his 3DS at his arm his personalized Mii grows out of it. A little bizarre, but still super cool right? Head over to the source link to watch a video of the magic in action.
This has to be the coolest app made for the iPhone yet. Word Lens uses augmented reality to instantly translate printed words from one language to another. It’s simple: Hold up your phone’s camera to a sign containing foreign words and the app will convert it to your native tongue on-the-fly. This terse explanation doesn’t do the app justice; you’ve gotta watch the demonstration above to get the full effect.
An app so powerful has to have limits, right? Word Lens only supports Spanish-to-English and English-to-Spanish translation for now and it cannot read very stylized fonts, handwriting, or cursive. The demonstration shows the app working quite flawlessly; realistically there will be times when conversions are not 100% accurate so the developer (Quest Visual) allows users to manually type in words to find translations. But here’s a plus: the app does not rely on network or Internet connectivity to make translations happen.
Word Lens is available now as a free download in the App Store; however you must pay $4.99 for an in-app purchase language pack to get things started. It’s compatible with iPhone 4, 3GS, and the latest gen iPod touch.
The concept is simple, really. You’ve seen it before. With the AR-Tee, designed by Sebastian Merchel, you can watch content inside that TV graphic thanks to the trick of augmented reality. Printed inside the TV graphic is a custom-made QR code that gets read by your webcam. When you hold up the t-shirt to your webcam you’ll see some old cartoons play on your computer screen. It may not blow your mind, but it should make you the life of a party. Look after the break to watch the magic happen. Click here to find the AR-Tee in your size.
Using highly effective visuals in augmented reality animation, BBC’s Hans Rosling tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers, in just four minutes. More specifically, he plots life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, and the visually splendid data reveals interesting rises and drops in correspondence to major historical events such as world wars. Go on mash play and educate yourself.
LuminAR, created by Natan Linder and Pattie Maes at MIT, combines a Pico-projector and camera inside a lamp-shaped robotic device to augment reality by beaming computational images onto a surface. While the projector is there to display information and content from the Internet, the camera enables user-defined gestures. Theoretically the LuminAR can be “screwed into standard light fixtures everywhere” meaning you might find such technology in a household lamp sometime in the (likely distant) future. Watch Linder demo it in the video above. Very Tony Stark/JARVIS-like, am I right?
Watch this music video for Diane Birch’s catchy tune “Valenino,” a single off her debut album Bible Belt. It features some old-school augmented reality tricks. It all looks easy at first glance, but there is much choreography that had to be memorized and performed to perfection in order to pull everything off. Just look after the break for a behind-the-scenes video that reveals all the magic and see what I mean.
Imagine a future where video games transition from the TV and PC to your physical surrounds via a virtual reality headset with goggles. Pretty wild. (And FYI–this is not a concept video for true implementation; it’s actually from a fictional Israeli TV show. Nonetheless, who knows what the future holds.)
Designer Keiichi Matsudafor, who is about to receive his Masters in Architecture, shares his vision of a future that includes virtual overlays that may one day help us with everyday tasks.
The latter half of the 20th century saw the built environment merged with media space, and architecture taking on new roles related to branding, image and consumerism. Augmented reality may recontextualise the functions of consumerism and architecture, and change in the way in which we operate within it.
Scary, is it not?
T-Post, a monthly magazine that packs a t-shirt with every issue, celebrates their 51st issue with an interactive tee that plays the classic game of Rock-Paper-Scissors with you. How does it work? With the aid of augmented reality tech, of course. All you have to do is put on the shirt, sit in front of a webcam, run T-Post’s webapp, and watch as a spooky hand flies out of the screen waiting to repeatedly play Rock-Paper-Scissors with you. See it in action for yourself in the video above.
Bored? Got nothing else better to do? Have (a little) fun with this quick activity that involves your webcam and a piece of paper with a QR code on it. First click here to view and print the special marker. Then click here and scroll down to find a box that prompts you to allow access to your webcam. Then hold up the printed market to the camera and let the fun begin! Need help setting up? Watch the video above as a guide to getting started.
The Tempest ”Magic Projection” uses a laptop, a projector, a PS3 Eye Toy, LED tracking markers, and propriety software to create magic and illusions like you’ve never seen before.
Like what you see? Head over to the magician’s website to see what else he has up his digital sleeve.
Yeah so remember when I posted about Esquire’s attempt to re-energize the zine industry with the inclusion of augmented reality tricks hidden within its latest issue? Well look what we have here. In order to augment your reality (ie. see Downey Jr. jump around on the page) you need to point a special-coded marker to your computer’s webcam. It looks like customers are receiving the issue with the address label covering the marker on the cover page! WTF, indeed.
Esquire has commented on the matter. And that can be read after the break if you so choose to do so.
Augmented reality in magazines works like this: You take the magazine, find special (black and white) coded markings, hold said markings up to your computer’s webcam, and voila–you can now interact with your magazine. In this case, it involves being greeted by Academy Award winner (and brilliant actor) Robert Downey Jr., told jokes by Community’s Gillian Jacobs, and by rotating the magazine in various ways you can change the surrounding environment and clothes worn by actor Jeremy Renner. Gimmicky, yes, but neat stuff nonetheless. Will augmented reality tricks save the zine industry? That’s a debated topic that shall be saved to discuss another day. This issue of Esquire is on newsstands now.