Hyperfabric : HMC MediaLab

August 8th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Augmented, Design, Programming | 2 Comments »

Hyperfabric is a new interface that lets you reach beyond the screen. It’s a very “touchableâ€? surface, made out of an elastic-like fabric called “Hyperfabric”. The screen warps like rubber, and can sense how hard your press it, where you press it, and you can even have lots of people using it at once. You really feel like you are going “through” the screen.

Augmented reality brings maps to life

August 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Mapping, Technology, Urbanism | No Comments »

Researchers Tom Drummond, Gerhard Reitmayr and Ethan Eade, at Cambridge University, UK, developed the system, which augments an ordinary tabletop map with additional information by projecting it onto the map’s surface.[Augmented Maps] [video]

via NS

Timescope : ART+COM

July 20th, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Design, Mapping, Past, Photography, Urbanism, Virtual Reality | 1 Comment »

ART+COM‘s Timescope, re presents the past city-scapes of Berlin through a digitally augmented telescope. The “timescope” can be used for a wide range of purposes: it can be set up for use with tourist sites such as the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate or the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church for example, giving visitors the chance to get a closer view of how these locations looked in the past. The “timescope” can also be used for large-scale building projects. In such cases it can be used not only to show how a building project has progressed, but also to show how a building will look in the future. Additionally, it can be used at geological interesting sites, enabling viewers to perceive natural history visually.

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View-Dependent Stereoscopic Projection in Real Environments

May 30th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Augmented, Design, Future, Mapping, Products, Technology, Virtual Reality | 1 Comment »

This new technique
in steroscopic projection callibrates each pixel that is projected onto non-planar textured and colored surfaces for view-depedant stereoscopic visualization. The ad-hoc projection opens up the potential for augmented reality environements in virtually any space, removing the need for a dedicated white projection screen or CAVEs. Imagine projecting a virtual corridor on a brick wall that maintains its illusion by removing any distortions caused by texture or color and by visualizing the depth of the cooridor stereoscopically as the viewer changes position. [demo video] [Siggraph 2005]

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Searchscapes : Manhattan

April 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Augmented, Design, Internet, Mapping, Virtual Reality | No Comments »

Searchscapes by Juliana Sato Yamashita brings search results, related to physical locations in Manhattan, into a virtual world as it stacks the results into a building. Greater results produce taller buildings.

I would love to see this idea implemented in the physical world through an augmented reality interface that superimposes search results on buildings in the real world. Each building would have its physical presence as well as a dynamic virtual information-envelope.

via wmmna

Tangible Interfaces : 3-D Printing + Augmented Reality

April 12th, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Design, Mapping, Programming, Technology, Virtual Reality | No Comments »

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have developed a new interface called Tangible Interfaces for Structural Molecular Biology. The system combines 3-dimensional printing (ex: Z-Corp) with augmented reality (AR) into an interface to examine molecules. By using a digital video camera and AR software, the computer tracks points on the printed model and provides additional layers of information through AR, all of which is manipulated physically.

via Kurzweil.

Beyond Augmented Reality

February 12th, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Technology, Virtual Reality | 1 Comment »

AR (augmented reality) interfaces have come a long way. Virtual placement of 3-dimensional models have become extremely accurate and we starting to see consumer devices with immersive augmented reality like D’Fusion. HITlab NewZealand and US (Human Interfaces Technology) have a series of projects demonstrating some of the latest developments such as tangible virtual objects, GPS, outdoor AR, multiple dataset browsing, gestures and shared AR, all bringing us closer to the day when we’ll walk around playing Grand Theft Auto in the streets, wearing giant goggles or perhaps an AR PDA will do the job.

Watch the videos of some the HITlab projects.

Check out D’Fusion Technology via Gear Live

Markerless AR tracking video.
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