Rumors about a new device that could enter the Augmented Reality game were confirmed yesterday by Nikkei Net. Wired revealed it to the rest of us – thank you very much. The new Nintendo DS model will launch this year in Japan.
What’s all the rage?
One of the most popular mobile game devices ever, now with a camera, better wireless capabilities, and a larger display – all packaged under $200?
Sounds like a killer augmented reality device to me.
Game devices such as the DS made it to the #6 spot on my “10 Best Augmented Reality Devices” review:
“But here’s the caveat: PSP and the DS need to be complemented with accessories such as camera, as well as accelerometers, positioning and ubiquitous connectivity capabilities – to be able to play in this game.”
Well, Nintendo is racing forward towards the fifth position (MIDs), leaving Sony in the rear view mirror.
Nikkei does point out that the camera function of DS could be integrated with gameplay, by allowing games to use the photos taken with the hardware.
Here’s your confirmation. Augmented Reality applications can be built for the next DS. Who’s going to take up the challenge?
On a related note, Gizmondo is serious about making a come back; like the phoenix, it’s rising from the ashes and promises to hit the stores this Winter.
It’s going to be a hot winter.