The history of modern cities has been indelibly co-written with the artistic flourishes of the city's street artists. Now one tech-enabled crew has taken that dynamic to the next level by subverting the very life blood of our concrete jungles, advertising.
Many people have great ideas for iPhone apps, but this one is one of the few that is tailor made for us sci-fi fans. It's called the Augmented Reality Cinema, and it promises to blur the lines between the fantasy world of film and real life.
There's nothing wrong with being blind as a bat when you've got a fancy sonar system to tell you where you're going.
Getting away from its normal application in the mobile device world, augmented reality gets a different sort of treatment in a new exhibition called the "Augmented Window: A Sensory Observatory."
This head-up display uses lasers to project 3D graphics out into the world around you, and it could be the future of automotive GPS systems.
Finding your way through a complex intersection with most GPS units can be tricky, especially when road you see through the windshield doesn't look anything like what's on the map. This GPS unit fixes that problem, by replacing the map with a live video view from a dash mounted camera.
Being from Oregon, and living in California, I tend to get all mopey when confronted with the unrelenting good weather down here. Magic Vision Lab has designed an augmented virtual reality system that's capable of turning any nice day into the wet and dreary wretchedness that I miss so much.
Augmented reality: it's like reality, only better. Usually it's something visual, but you can augment any of your senses, and Keio University has been able to augment taste with sound and vibration that can make licking a lollipop feel like your mouth is full of fireworks.
Intel's been messing around with Kinect-style 3D cameras lately. Using object recognition and projectors, they've come up with a system that does the imagining for you while you're playing with Legos....
Augmented reality can be a weird thing to try to describe. It uses what's around you and lays graphics or infomation over it. Sound boring? Well, let's use a real-world example. Just check out this new Star Wars game for the iPhone, which lays your surroundings behind a wicked space battle.