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10 Awesome Ways to Use Kinect For Augmented Reality

TweetThe last year the augmented reality movement has been accelerating at an ever increasing pace as new applications and companies are forming so fast it’s hard to keep up.  The addition of the Kinect sensor has given the technology an even bigger power boost and now I can barely keep up with just the Kinect …

Minority Report Interface Using Kinect

TweetThe movie Minority Report is often cited as an example and an inspiration for augmented reality.  The Microsoft Kinect is bringing that movie magic to the living room. It uses the Kinect sensor from Microsoft, and the recently released libfreenect driver for interfacing with the Kinect in linux. The graphical interface and the hand detection software were written …

Predator Invisibility and Ghost Furniture with Kinect

TweetWhen writing The Digital Sea, invisibility was one of the cool effects I thought was possible with ubiquitous augmented reality.  I didn’t expect to see tangible examples so soon.  Granted, without AR glasses, all the effects are static on the screen and only eye candy.  But what glorious eye candy Fukatsu-san makes.  The predator alien would be proud. The …

AR Projection at the Dallas Praetorian

TweetThese architectural magic shows never cease to amaze me, even if it’s a front for a movie advertisement. The Joule in conjunction with The Tourist movie team and Dallas Film Society put on an augmented reality show in downtown Dallas to promote “The Tourist” with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Uploaded from an android phone. …

Genetic Robots + 3D Printing = Robot Apocalypse?

TweetRobots can now be made without a human designer using genetic algorithms that come up with the optimal shape depending on the task terrain.  The robot is then printed out with a 3D printer and assembled at ball and joint connections.  Such wondrous technology brings to mind a few thoughts: Will Genetic Robots and 3D printing cause …

Kinect Green Screen

TweetThe Kinect has become the all-in-one sensor bar of choice for modders everywhere.  The ability for the Kinect to do facial and gesture recognition, sensing 3D under any ambient light condition, combined with a rapidly expanding hacker tools, has made it indispensable for true AR. While the Kinect Hacks site has been documenting the every aspect of …

New Story – Sagan’s Law

TweetI sold this story two years ago.  It was my first story on augmented reality and when the rights reverted back to me a few months ago, I wanted to give people a chance to read it again. Looking back on it, I see the influences of Gibson and our very own augmented reality prophet, …

Helen Papagiannis at TEDx

Tweet Helen Papagiannis opens her talk with a question: “Think about how you saw something new for the first time.”  She goes on to relate that to the magic of her augmented reality piece at the Ontario Science Centre and how the first movies invoked the same sense of wonderment.   I agree with her …

Kinect Unleashed – Not Just For XBox Anymore

Tweet While Microsoft denies that the Xbox has been hacked, pure semantics I tell you, the new Kinect system has been unleashed for uses other than the ones planned by the giant of the redwoods. Adafruit Industries offered a $3,000 prize which was collected by “Hector” for completing the task.  The hacking was important enough to get …

Anybots Rock!

TweetI’m positive my boss won’t let me have one, but it sure would be nice. What I’m speaking of is the Anybot telepresence robot from Anybots.  Linking up with your robot from any location in the world (with a connection of course) allows you to “be” in the location without having to change out of your …