Every little boy lives in a world that is as much fiction as reality. For a kid sitting in the back seat of a car during a long road trip, that Batman action figure isn't a plastic doll, it's actually the Dark Knight himself. And that arm rest with the drink holder? The towering precipice of a Gotham high rise. And its exactly that imaginary world that Frantz Lasorne looks to make a bit more concrete with his augmented reality toys.
As displayed in the demo above, Lasorne's device bridges the gap between physical toy and video game. Developed as his thesis project at the L'École de Design in France, the game, called "Scope", aims to peel a generation of young children who have grown up with the Internet, hand-held devices and video games away from fixed screens and back to playing with real world objects.
And while it may seem that this takes some of the imagination out of GI Joes or Legos, Lasorne contends that playing with a physical object, even one augmented with video aspects, provides more movement and more positive stimuli for a child sitting in front of the TV and moving only their thumbs. Additionally, the augmented reality toys would allow for greater social interaction, as a bunch of children could be immersed in the same augmented reality world.
So parents, forget the days of wooden horses and paper dolls. This is play date 2.0.
this looks amazing... another 20 years and games will be more realistic than ever.
Would have been better if you could use your finger to browse the menu. Doing it with the reticle just seemed awkward. Aiming seemed good though, but might be augmented by also having the reticle follow where you point when possible, perhaps based on a sticker on your nail or something (of course, this would pose the problem of which eye to follow). Also, a fully AR menu with a smaller base might be better, as that big clunky thing is a bit restrictive (though it might help recognize it with the character covering it).
Seems more like DnD or Mage Knights 2.0 rather than play date 2.0, but all in all, it looks like it could go somewhere, maybe next gen laser tag or something.
dude.... that is so aaaaaaawsome!!!!!!!!!!
its almost like a mix of halo call of duty and red alert.
i so totally want that.
dude you are soo totally an idiot, those games have almost nothing in common... anyways i think that it would work beter if instead of an actual real life character it just had a barcode that would be it's own image. i know it goes against the point of that but it still keeps it from bugging out and only showing half the play card when the rl figure gets in the way.
can i have this for my nes.
Awesome, Games are being more and more realistic. For more info http://www.techmasher.com
not to long until this technology will be used for porn.
play date 2.0 will have a whole new meaning
Oh my gosh. It's happening! I'm able to visualize an instance, for the first time, in which i will be saying "well, back in my day....". I'M GETTING OLD!!!!
This is very promising. I give the technology less than five years until it is ready to be released worldwide to great success. I know I will definitely buy it when it is released in America. I must agree that having virtual characters instead of real ones sitting on the bases would be a good idea. Also being able to control it with your fingers would be good (Instead of using a colored sticker to sense your finger, it could just sense the obstruction of your finger keeping the camera from seeing the button). Another thing I am wondering which was not showed in the video is just how big is the headset? Is it large and bulky, or relatively small and manageable? Is it self contained or does it need to be tethered to a computer? These are issues that, if not already dealt with, need to be. I think the experience would not be as great if I was corded to a laptop while wearing the goggles.
this is kool and i want that so i can have stuff to do in my spare time
i wish i was part of this chat about the lame macs
The Next Generation of gamers [me inluded] shall rise with Virtual Reality
and I bett the military would love to have this tech-toy
-Your Friend Zunigadragon
soon enough, they'll have it so you can just wear internet contacts and you can flick your eyes back a forth instead of staring for a few minutes to enter every command.
this looks awesome and the possibilities...(too cliche to finish phrase)