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...And Lest You Think I Was Just Kidding...

Here's a very early version of an augmented reality system for the iPhone from ARToolworks.

(Soundtrack Warning: The 1990s wants its rave music back.)


This approaches the kind of thing I've been imagining is possible with OpenMoko's Neo Freerunner.

This example only uses the camera and the 3D rendering, and tries to recognize what the camera sees in order to do overlaying. What I want to see is the combination of GPS (for rough position) and accelerometer (for direction finding) to render overlays that are intuitively recognizable just by pointing the phone. Perhaps image recognition could smooth over the rough edges.

I don't know how well it would work in practice, but it's worth a shot.

I have a couple friends that have been playing around with this for about a year. It's still a bit slow but is very, very cool.


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