Doodle War – AR Game

The inevitable infantile drawings aside, this game is a wonderful display of augmented reality.  Honestly, I could easily see myself sitting around a display table, drinking beers and betting on our ships as they blasted each other off the map.

Each combatant is drawn by the player on a game card that is scanned into the game by a camera, and the stats of your ship are determined by the shape, size and colours used to create it.

It was nominated for the ‘Award for Technical Excellence’ at the 2011 FITC Awards, and won the award for ‘Best Experimental Flash’

Doodle War gets my vote.

Traveller AR – iPhone RPG

Traveller AR is an upcoming iPhone AR RPG (whew, that’s a mouthful) that has released a beta and a brief video.  The game is based on an old RPG, basically D&D in the stars.

Traveller-AR uses iPhone’s Augmented Reality to:

  • See a virtual 3D world over-layed on the real world through the window of your iPhone.
  • Allow you to move your phone around in real-space, and explore virtual space as though looking through a window to unreality.
  • Place you in the virtual world, near your actual GPS position.
  • Provide travel bonuses and trading bonuses based on your actual GPS position.
  • Discover and interact with other real players near your actual GPS position

 

AR Games You Must Play Now!

It seemed like only last week we were clamoring for more games to showcase the power of augmented reality.  Now I find it hard enough just to keep up with them all.  Instead of trying to create a list, I’m going to just brain dump them into the Internet and let you all decide which ones you want to try.  I’m sure I’ll miss some, so if I have, just add ’em to the comments section.

Paranormal Activity: Sanctuary

I covered this one a month back on the Future Digital Life.  Great game and I loved that it got the kids and I out of the house on late night adventures and using our imaginations.  Nice work, Ogmento.

Paranormal Activity: Sanctuary from Ogmento on Vimeo.

Nintendo 3DS – AR Games

Let’s count the whole suite of them from AR Shot to Fishing.  The game system takes card based AR to a whole new place.  Well, actually, it’s the same place you’re in, but with cool graphics overlain.

AR Soccer

Short and simple but can be addicting for at least as long as it takes your calves to cramp up.

Paparazzi (Qualcomm’s AR Challenge Winner)

The point of the game is to snap as many pictures as possible before the Star gets to pissed and decides to go Lindsey Lohan on your camera.  Thankfully, the cracked screen is only part of the game.  Will a Charlie Sheen edition be coming soon?

Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner

Epic space battles on your iPhone.  New York City sold separately.

AR Basketball

Sorry, but swiping the screen on this game just makes me want to play a version of AR Angry Birds.

AR Pirates!

Created by Optricks Media to get you to say “ARrrr Matey!” for the rest of the day after you’ve played it.

AR Defender

Tower defense by Int13.

The AR Drone

Like having a quad-rotor hovercraft wasn’t cool enough, they had to go and add augmented reality.

Pringles Game

There’s a whole host of these product placement games out there.  I’ll summarize them by posting just this one video.  Fill in any number of other products that have jumped on the product as AR game bandwagon.

PBS Kids Games

It’s not a game yet, but it’s a nice article about combining learning and games.

Ninja Attack!

In my dream world, the Kinect system wouldn’t be tethered to the XBox 360.  Instead, it would hook to the TV and have an extensive app library like the iPhone.

Sweet spot around 1:25 for a ninja vanish move.  The Kinect makes invisibility so easy, it’s mind-boggling.

And better work on your arm endurance.

Poll – What Was The Most Significant Happening For AR In 2010?

The year 2010 was marked by many important milestones and events for the nascent technology.  Which one was more important?  If I missed one that you thought was important, just add it to the comment section.

10 Awesome Ways to Use Kinect For Augmented Reality

The last year the augmented reality movement has been accelerating at an ever increasing pace as new applications and companies are forming so fast it’s hard to keep up.  The addition of the Kinect sensor has given the technology an even bigger power boost and now I can barely keep up with just the Kinect related news, even when I regularly check the Kinect Hacks site.

While I’m certain this list and content would be different in another month, I think there is enough Kinect related stuff to take a look at the top ten uses of the Kinect sensor for augmented reality.  Here they are, in no particular order:

10. Play Music

Who says Tom Hanks should have all the fun?  I could show you a number of Kinect hacks for playing the piano with your hands, but doing it Big-style is all the more awesome.

9. Graffitti Tool

With the world as your canvas let your artistic soul flow.

8. Lightsaber Battles

Embrace the dark side with your inner Jedi.  Be the Star Wars Kid in real-time.  Now we just need some game play around the hack.

7. Utilize the technology from the Minority Report

Besides bringing us couch jumping madness on the Oprah show, Tom Cruise also played a part in bringing AR to the big screen.  Now you can utilize that same technology on your TV screen.

6. Puppet Shows

Puppets?  Puppets are kids stuff right?  Unless you’re not counting Chucky, Bride of Chucky, that alien thing that bursts out of your chest, etc.

5. Robot Sight

One of the biggest reasons why robots aren’t more widespread is because they can’t see the world like we do.  The Kinect system now gives robot designers a quick and easy way to help their robot see.  I’m even investigating using it for our automated logistics delivery vehicles at work.

4. Playing Games

Pretty obvious one, eh?  Could find a good dozen games to show you, but I’m a fan of the classics.  Besides, there’s that whole Xbox thing you can purchase that has a ton more Kinect games on it.  Who knew?

3. Invisibility

Not very useful until AR glasses are in widespread use, but to look like the Predator in your very own living room is spectacular.

2. Projection into Virtual Worlds

Lightsabers, remote projection, space stations; this hack has everything and more.  Even more fantastic is that the two people in the video are projecting from separate location.  Could Kinect sensors make telepresence more usable?

1. Sign Language Recognition

One of technologies more profound benefits to humankind is the ability to give those with disabilities more access to the world.  Just like a translation software, the Kinect sensor can read sign language and convert to human speech.  Or teach deaf children how to learn sign language.

Special thanks to Kinect Hacks for continuing to catalog the many wondrous uses of the Kinect sensor.

Facebook 3D Movie Maker Contest

AR door has teamed up with LG Electronics to create the Facebook 3D Movie Maker Contest.

Through advanced features LG 3D Moviemaker is pushing the boundaries of reality.  Trendsetting technologies bring the immersive 3D experience where instead of just watching scenes you can actually be part of them. The contest allows you to become the main character of a movie and get valuable presents for your skills and efforts.

To participate in the contest you should first go to the application on Facebook http://apps.facebook.com/lgmovie/, choose any genre you like (or all of them) and shoot a video. There are 4 genres to choose: horror, animation, fantasy and action. Choose the genre, print out the markers. Make sure you face fits the marked shape on the screen. When you are ready, press the rec button. When the video is done, don’t forget to send it to the contest.

After moderation all the videos submitted for the contest will be stored in the Events section of the web page http://www.facebook.com/LGRussia?v=app_2344061033. The winner who gets for the video the most number of likes will be rewarded with 3D TV by LG. The details and conditions of the contest are available here: http://www.facebook.com/notes.php?id=162805193749522&notes_tab=app_2347471856

The application is based on the patented Augmented Reality technology D’Fusion.