In comic books, Superman had all his powers naturally and Batman got his through gadgets and sheer force-of-will.  Using the equipment (altogether not very portable for superheros) shown in the video, you can have Superman-like powers with Batman-like gear. 

This amazingly cool gadget comes from Yoshinari Kameda, Taisuke Takemasa and Yuichi Ohta from the University of Tsukuba.  To pull off the trick, they use wireless LAN, cameras, GPS and an inertia sensor.  It does require a little setup, but as more data collectors (i.e.  cameras) are made digital and hooked to the Internet, this becomes a possibility without all the prework. 

It appears (though someone could confirm for me) that this group will be presenting their paper at ISMAR09.  If they do, I’m sure it’ll be a fascinating presentation. 


Thomas K. Carpenter

Thomas K. Carpenter is a full time contemporary fantasy author with over 50 independently published titles. His bestselling, multi-series universe, The Hundred Halls, has over 25 books and counting. His stories focus on fantastic families, magical academies, and epic adventures.

  • I did see the 2004 thing in the video, but I assumed they were bringing new work? It showed up on the ISMAR09 youtube channel, so that’s where my assumption came in.


    It’s so hard figuring out if something is old or new these days. 🙂

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