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Are AR (augmented reality) Games the Future of Gaming?
AR games on the Nintendo 3DS
Augmented reality is the use of real world thematics with computer generated graphics. The two things work together to create a unique visual experience.
The Nintendo 3DS was designed to play handheld games in 3D without the use of those awkward glasses, but they also included a unique way to play a couple mini games. The Nintendo 3DS comes with a set of cards that you lay on the table. When you point your Nintendo 3DS at them, playable characters come to life right out of the cards. You can control your Mii, play mini games and a few other concepts.
Nintendo 3DS AR
AR with smartphones and iPhones
Smartphones and iPhones are using AR as apps to make some things more convenient. There are augmented reality apps that allow you to use GPS to point your phone at buildings in a city and find out how much they cost to rent or buy.There are also apps that allow you to use your surroundings as a map for a Star wars game.
Apps like these can create a whole world of opportunities if developers improve on the technology that is already available, we could see the future of gaming move to a new era.
Above, you see the use of Nintendo 3DS and augmented reality.
Could AR also improve lifestyle?
AR could very well improve lifestyle. Augmented reality can be used to help teach things, control appliances or be a fun alternative to doing things we already do on a day-to-day basis. The technology needs to be improved, but this should not be hard for major developers. We have the technology necessary, we just need to find the market to support the concept.
AR can improve the education system.
What's the future of augmented reality?
Augmented reality will no doubt be used more often as soon as the money becomes available. The pricing on some apps and products will depend on the sophistication of the AR technology used. Major companies like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo will probably turn towards the use of AR gaming as it becomes more popular with consumers.
Can you imagine catching Pokémon in a real world setting? Can you imagine walking out to your back yard or park, turn on your Nintendo 3DS, and see Pokémon climbing in the trees. We certainly have a long way to go in AR technology, but in the next few years, we may see developers incorporating AR technology in more of their products, games and apps.
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