This Augmented Reality Needs No Markers to Interfere With Your (Virtual) World

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I don't need to tell you how cool augmented reality is, but it's definitely got some limitations (e.g., barcodes and markers). But Sony's new SmartAR technology, which doesn't rely on real-world markers, may put that issue to rest.

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Sony's main win here is that this new technology tracks objects at a much higher speed than previously allowed:

The object captured by the camera is quickly recognized and can be tracked at high-speed along with the movement of the camera, as it is displayed over the actual 3D space.

To do this high-speed tracking, SmartAR combines "object recognition technology" (for things like photographs and posters) and "3D space recognition technology." The 3D space recognition makes it so the image on the screen can be anything and any size—from a tiny, pink bear to a man-eating T-Rex. But I think the real test will be seeing how games work with SmartAR. Just imagine having some plumber dressed in red popping through that green pipe that appeared in your room from out of nowhere. [Sony via CrunchGear]

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"This Augmented Reality Needs No Markers"

Well, the leaflets/posters/w.e are markers, aren't they? They just aren't something made specially for the application.

"imagine having some plumber dressed in red popping through that green pipe that appeared in your room from out of nowhere."

That's Nintendo. Not Sony. We can't start saying that when it's another company.

Anyway, to comment on the actual product, I'm glad I didn't buy the 3DS.

I haven't used much AR, but the stuff I have used seems kinda shit. So when I saw the 3DS in person, I was actually rather amazed (However, the 3D wasn't amazing at all. In fact, I preferred the 3D off). I was thinking "Damn. I might buy this!" but remembered, it's Nintendo. It will get old in a week.

I sold my old DS and the Wii is just so boring. However, I still play my PS2 from time to time*.

I haven't had much of a good time with Nintendo. I'm glad I didn't buy it. I'll be buying the NGP soon unless I figure I want something more camera related (Like FCPX, might have to get that instead).

*When I actually play games. I rarely play games anymore.