Homunculus: The Vehicle as Augmented Clothes

Never in the definition of mixed reality did I imagine that anyone would slap moving eyeballs onto a car so you could tell which way the driver was looking (or not, in this age of cellphones).  Yet, here it is, in all its strange and thoroughly Japanese-way.  In mother Japan, we don’t augment you into the car, we augmented the car onto you.

Now let’s see them shed some gear by applying a Kinect sensor.  Something tells me they’re probably already moving that way.

Congrats Yoichi Ochiai and Keisuke Toyoshima from the University of Tsukuba for helping us end the burgeoning year of AR with a grandiloquent example of what this technology has in store for us in the future.