Games Come To Life! Augmented Reality Gaming From NVIDIA
We've all been waiting for the day when we could slip a helmet on our heads, a couple of gloves on our hands and enter a virtual reality world in which we are a part of the game play. That hasn't happened effectively yet, but AR, Augmented Reality is just around the corner thanks to NVIDIA, Georgia Tech and SCAD Atlanta.
NVIDA has developed a prototype device which is hand held and supports 'high end mobile graphics'. On one side of the device is a camera which you point at the world, on the other side is a screen on which your reality becomes, yes, augmented.
Georgia Tech and SCAD Atlanta have demonstrated some of the abilities of this new technology by creating a zombie killing game 'Arhrrrr!'.
To play Arhrrrr all you need is the NVIDIA device and a 2D map. By pointing your AR device at the 2D map, a 3D world appears, complete with moving, living, killing zombies. It's y our job to physically move around the map (AR depends on you not being a lazy fat ass, but actually interacting with the game in the real world,) shooting zombies.
Sounds pretty cool so far right? Well, it gets better. When you get tired of killing zombies by gun fire, you can create bombs. Bombs from skittles. Yes, the tasty fruit candy. You get a bag of skittles place one on the map and shoot it to activate it. Your real world skittle then becomes an AR bomb. Different color skittles produce different bomb types.
The potential for this type of gaming is endless, and I can honestly say, I haven't been this excited about a gaming development since I found just where in the world Carmen Sandeigo was at the tender age of 6.
With enough development time and funds, this type of gaming could see the so called 'real world' transformed into a gamer's playground. No longer will we be stuck indoors with clunky consoles and PC's (yes I know about the PSP and the DS, etc, but you're still stuck hunched over a tiny screen when you play those things, you're not turning your human biology lecture into a triumph over voracious alien carnivores.)
For sure, it will be a wee while until such heady dreams can be realized. The technology has a way to go, but it is here, kicking and screaming its announcement to the world. When this baby grows up, the world of gaming will never be the same.