New SREngine Video

Sein has just posted a new video on his blog (in Japanese, though an English version is apparently in the workings). I think it’s really amazing what one man can do on his own:

I’ve covered SREngine before, and so did Ori, and from video to video you could really see how this application takes shape.

Though using image recognition makes it a bit slow (for the meanwhile) in comparison to systems based purely on GPS and compass positioning , it allows it to identify smaller things, at shorter distance and within close quarters. I really can’t wait to see it available on the appstore.

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  1. […] leads me to the New SREngine video from Rouli/Ori’ssites.  The updated SREngine is fascinating and is an impressive piece of work for one man.  I […]

  2. Not AR, but definitely very nice work and a cool user interface.

  3. Looks AR to me. Dosnt have to be 3D to be AR.

    This is really getting somewhere now. A real app on a real device with what looks like quite practical applications.
    If the ability to share the comments/information online is well managed this could proove very popular.

    I mean, purely using this app would be enough to set up guided tours, resurant reviews/annotation,geo-based games….all sorts.

  4. Being the devil’s advocate here again, I have to say: A nice technical achievement, but it shows – once more – why mobile AR (if you can even call it that) will never work. Let’s face it: These types of demos have been around for 15 years, if not longer. Things like these have been done on small notebooks, camera-equipped PDAs, early smartphones, and now somebody did it on the iPhone. What’s the difference?

    What is the practical utility compared to an application which, for example, uses the built-in camera for object recognition, and then displays information on the screen without a real-world view? Who really wants to walk around holding their iPhone in front of them, staring at the tiny screen (and no discussion please, it is tiny) showing an augmented video feed of the real surroundings at an extremely choppy frame rate? Who needs this, and what is the benefit compared to a regular iPhone app?

    THIS is the question nobody has been able to answer so far. Walking around with an “AR” application that tells me that the Mexican restaurant I am standing in front of is a Mexican restaurant? Please….

    Oh, and the techno soundtrack is atrocious, by the way.

  5. Rouli,

    I was not familiar with SREngine. This story dovetails nicely with an article I just posted about Augmented Reality and the iPhone over at GigantiCo.

    http://tinyurl.com/augmented-iphone

    It is reported (leaked) that the new iPhone will have a built in compass. That would resolve one of the things holding back better AR development on the iPhone.

    I would be pleased if you gave the article a peak, and perhaps felt inclined to leave a response.

    Best regards,
    Chris

  6. “These types of demos have been around for 15 years, if not longer.”

    I cant remember anything 5 years ago that did this, let alone 10.
    15 years ago? christ..what portable devices even had decent cameras back then? O_o

    “What is the practical utility compared to an application which, for example, uses the built-in camera for object recognition, and then displays information on the screen without a real-world view?”

    It can show you =where= it is.
    Without a real-world view it merely shows you =what= it is.

    “. Walking around with an “AR” application that tells me that the Mexican restaurant I am standing in front of is a Mexican restaurant? Please….”

    No, but it could bring up customer reviews that day.

    If anyone can review/comment on anything they see at any time, then anyone else in the same place can bring it up that in itself is a VERY powerfull application.

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