Category Archives: Augmented Reality

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PacMan AR: The Ghosts Are Real

Playing Pac-Man was always fun, whether the machine was at an arcade or just an app on your phone. But it was missing that realness to it of actually being chased by ghosts and eating those oh-so nutritional pellets. Rather than going to a haunted house or making the upcoming Pixels movie a reality, Epson has created an augmented reality version called AR-Man.

AR-Man will be available on Epson’s Moverio BT-200, binocular-like AR headset in the Moverio ar_manapp store. Unlike the original Pac-Man that was an aerial view, AR-Man puts you in the maze, so knowing where the ghosts are is impossible until they’re right in front of you.

You don’t need a large space to run around in, however. Running in place is sufficient to dodge the ghosts and get those pellets and cherries.

AR-Man is expected to be in the Moverio app store next week, so keep you eyes peeled for Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde!

Camping with Augmented Reality

Camping and hiking are all fun and games until someone gets lost. You can try to find your way by calling a friend, but they can’t necessarily navigate you back to your tent without knowing exactly where you are. Enter Spyglass, an app for iOS that has a multitude of compasses for your navigation needs as well as finding designated waypoints.

There is a compass available on the app that uses Augmented Reality with GPS capabilities. YouAR Spyglass can look at your phone to navigate and a compass will overlay what you see in front of you. This compass is also enabled when you are trying to find your way back to your camp using the Find Waypoint feature.

You can also navigate via the stars using this app. It utilizes the stars spyglassconstellations, moon and sun to help you find your way.

The app also has an angular calculator and inclinometer allowing you to measure the height of mountains and the distance to them.

At $3.99 on the App Store, it’s a pretty cheap way to not get lost.

The Mini Goggles

The Mini and Augmented Reality

Mini cooper is creating an augmented reality headset. Yes, as in the car company, the same one where you can build your own car.

Mini’s new augmented reality headset will be worn while driving. Usually distracted driving is not legal, but mini assures its users the augmented reality will not obstruct any vehicles, lanes, markers, signs– you know, the things we’re supposed to pay attention to on the road.

Mini’s goggles are (ironically) not mini, clunky, looks-like-WW2-flying-goggles and are meant to be worn all the time. Yeah, all the time. The goggles are primarily meant for driving (obviously) but can be used outside the mini. An example of what they could be used for is an art gallery, which is to say you’ll see computer art, but in real life… kinda?

One of the many features of the Mini goggles is X-Ray View. Not in a cool, Superman, see-

Courtesy of DC Comics

Courtesy of DC Comics

through-shirts kind of X-Ray, but in a way that allows the user to see through the doors or blindspot, allowing them to see objects obstructed by the car.

All in all, these seem cool because augmented reality is rad, not because it can be used in a mini cooper.

 

It’s also less cool because the model for it is ridiculous disproportionate.

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Is he 12 feet tall? What’s with his narrow legs? What’s going on here?