As always, here the augmented reality news stories and tidbits, I didn’t have the time (or will) to cover this week:
- ISMAR11 call for papers is online, abstracts due May 11th
- The Guardian asks what is mobile AR for, and whether we should look for an augmented reality killer application.
- Georgia Tech’s Argon, “the first augmented reality web browser” is now on the Appstore.
- Qualcomm announced their AR challenge (and $125,000 ) winner.
- Metaio and Ericsson are optimizing tracking capabilities in the Mobile World Congress.
- Route 66: A new twist on augmented reality navigation aid – you just need to follow the virtual car ahead of you.
- AC130 is an AR shooting game that uses dollar bills as markers. What was once an innovative idea, is quickly becoming a standard.
This week’s video is a neat meshup between the insanely successful indie computer game Minecraft and augmented reality, by one Scott Kronick (or at least I think that is his name). Kronick, an artist by trade, came to the realization that it would be great “to hack away at and modify your city or school made of cubes”. The result is “RealCraft”:
Have a nice week!