It’s called OutRun, the brain-child of one Garnet Hertz. Although it’s an obvious example of mixed reality, rather than augmented reality, I believe it still falls under the jurisdiction of this blog
If it’s real, then wow, just wow
But it’s probably a fake, uploaded to youtube by a user who has joined the video sharing site just yesterday, and have managed to upload leaked videos of Mario Galaxy DS and Star Craft 2. The F word at the end of the clip above is also a telling clue. But, an AR fan can be hopeful, no?As a bonus, in case this really turns out to be a fake, here’s how an AR version Metal Slug should look like:
Here is a crazy thought – is the industry mature enough for an AR benchmark? Specifically I thought such a benchmark should cover the following two topics:
- Comparing the performance of AR frameworks (such as Qualcomm’s AR SDK, Samsung SARI, etc.) using a given set of tests.
- Comparing the performance of devices using a given set of AR tests.
- Will such a benchmark be beneficial to any one? Interesting?
- What tests should the benchmark include? The main problem here is that test should be easily recreated and yet meaningful. We can test “tracking success” by tracking an on screen marker that is transformed by code (to account for change in lights, motion blur, noise and other effects, which can be hard to accurately recreate using a real physical marker).
- Would any one of you volunteer to run those tests? I don’t have access to lots of AR capable devices, so unless you would like to sponsor me (i.e. buy me an iPad2), I count on the volunteers to run the actual tests and report back.
- How about benchmarking AR applications? Does it make sense?
For his graduation project for the HKU (Utrecht School of the Arts), Cor Baauw created a really compelling vision of the augmented future where virtual pets are common and one can change reality with few restrictions.
Obviously, we are not likely to see this vision come to life in the next ten years (and possibly not in our lifetime), but it’s a nice reminder of how cool augmented reality can be once we overcome the limitations of the current hardware and algorithms.
More information can be found on Baauw’s site, Local Androids.