Augmented Reality Drones: Revenge of the Rovers

In January, flying Augmented Reality Drones stole the show at the Consumer Electronics Show: a quadricopter controlled with an iPhone, that unleashes augmented reality games. What a knock out.

Now it’s time for the land-based vehicles to show what they’ve made of.

Seac02 just published an SDK for developing augmented reality games for the WowWee Rovio.

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The PC-based software (dubbed LinceoVR ) not only allows you to control the mobile-webcam Rovio , but can also recognize markers dropped in the perimeter, and overlay on top animated 3d models of enemy robots, weapons of augmented destruction, and more.

In fact, Andrea Carignano’s (Seac02 CEO) big idea is to empower young (and young at heart) out there to create their own augmented reality games.

Andrea explains:

“The Rovio is quite popular with several thousands of customers and a strong following among the tech community worldwide. This one of the reason we have chosen Rovio; the second reason is that you can use it even in an apartment or a really small room.

Rovio is currently available for $229 at Amazon.

The LinceoVR (AR enabling) software will be available next week for €25 and the SDK will ship in 2 months and allow any user to create her own new simple game, share on the internet, launch in a browser, start the plugin and control the drone from anywhere in the world. Nice.