Microsoft to Demo Augmented Reality at TechFest

Technology Review reports the news:

Today, Microsoft researchers will demonstrate software that can, in real time, superimpose computer-generated information on top of a digitized view of the real world.

Michael Cohen,  principal researcher at Microsoft, and his colleagues will demo the augmented-reality technology at TechFest, an annual showcase of Microsoft’s research projects, in Redmond.

Well, we have seen augmented reality running on a Vaio before – but never from Microsoft. This could be interesting. Especially the tools.

Michael spits all the right examples of real life applications using AR, however at TechFest, the software will be used to lead people on a treasure hunt to a hidden prize of a (virtual) pot of gold.

The bubble flow navigation is way cool. Coming up right after the poster demonstration.

Games will lead the way.


via KZero: a collection of additional Microsoft-produced videos of the future – featuring largely augmented reality applications.

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3 Responses

  1. Interesting. I wonder how well it really works, and what the underlying technology is really capable of. I could do without the bubbles, though. :)

  2. I think the bubbles are basically a good way to visually guide people within the limits of the hardware.
    Having a flowing line on the floor, or in the air above you would be better, but would make the imperfect tracking much more noticeable.

    I think its a good solution :)

    I’m also very glade microsoft is getting into this area.
    A lot of their side technologys;
    Like Photosyth and “Writting in the air”, will be just perfect for use with AR.
    Specificaly I feel photosynth could become a good referance point source for markerless tracking outside.

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