augmented reality

For the Apple ipad2:

The technology was originally invented by NASA to be used by autonomous vehicles on space missions. Our implementation uses the camera of the mobile device to build 3D maps of the surroundings in real-time and determine the device’s location and orientation within these maps.

Sounds and looks really interesting!  I’d like to see it used for a more graphic intense realistic looking FPS game.

You can buy it at the Apple App Store if you have an ipad2 – HERE


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This cannon solved the amateur radioman’s problem of setting up long antenna’s over top of trees. The old method of a slingshot or bow & arrow were too oldschool for the inventor.

One of the coolest features is the augmented reality scope.  The inventor rigged up his HTC Desire Z android smart phone up top, and installed GeoCam (an augmented reality aiming app).

You can check out more information on the build at the inventor’s website – HERE, HERE and HERE

More information on pneumatic antenna launching systems – HERE

I briefly installed the GeoCam app on my Motorola XOOM, and in the limited amount of time I played around with it, it seemed pretty cool.   Maybe if I’m feeling adventurous someday i’ll mount it on a gun and see what kind of groups I can get.


Coming out this April for the iPhone and iPod Touch:

The gun has two triggers, left and right. The left trigger fires normal guns at the aliens who appear on the screen and the right trigger fires stun bombs. The camera on the front of the iPhone shows the real world through your viewfinder so the aliens seem to come at you as you aim down the sights.

Call me old fashioned, but why would I prefer 2nd trigger to fire a “stun bomb”  over a simple button on the forend of the gun?

The side profile of the gun, as shown below just makes it look down right confusing:

And what’s with the configuration? Is it a bullpup?  Is it not a bullpup? These are the kind of things that keep me up at night. :P

If they were going for a non realistic looking gun design then they definitely succeeded.  I guess it’s less threatening especially when you are dealing with augmented reality.  I’d duck and find cover, then punch someone in the face if I saw them playing an augmented reality game on a realistic looking AR-15 in public.

It’s interesting how the triggers control those little arms which actually push the touch screen, rather than interfacing with the iDevice directly through the dock port (which I assume they could have done).  Probably a lot cheaper this way though.

Hat tip: ActiveDad


I talked about the Parrot AR.Drone in the past… and I still want one real bad. Even more so since this new Augmented Reality game came out where you can control the drone with your iPhone / iPad / iTouch etc.. and hunt your friends drone down in an aerial deathmatch:

  • The price of the drone is $299 (HERE)… which seems fairly reasonable as long as it doesn’t break easily.

It must be expensive raising kids now… I can’t imagine any boy who wouldn’t have this thing on his Christmas list.