So, in store Lego has these cameras and monitors. You pick up a box and hold it up to the screen. Suddenly you get to see what the lego pieces look like when they are built. In 3d no less. Check it out at an official lego store near you. Augmented Reality is what the kids are calling it. I call it awesome.
El colectivo creativo Minivegas ha desarrollado una fascinante galería virtual, donde esculturas toman forma en base a musica, en tiempo real, y controlada por un usuario desde su webcam con augmented reality, y una tecnología original creada por el colectivo. Más en el blog de http://www.wewebyou.org
You can find the application running here. There's also a marker for you to print in lieu of one my real business cards.
The augmented reality avatar concept for the business card provides a way to provide potential clients and associates a way to get past the logo and brand and get to know the people. You could just as easily include hobbies or little known facts for yourself or an employee.
This is an idea I'd been kicking around in my head since February. I wanted to find a way that a company could deliver a catchy identity for themselves. Avatars, be it the Mii's on the Nintendo Wii, or an Xbox Live Avatar, have become extensions of the people who use them.
Special thanks to the Papervision team for the recent rev 911 of Papervision. With it, I was able to resolve issues I had been having for several months that prevented my avatar's animations from importing properly.
-Character was modeled, unwrapped, rigged, weighted in Maya by myself. Animations (idle, wave) done by Jason Barnes.
-Texture created in Photoshop (Ambient Occlusion maps overlayed from Maya) by myself
In this upgraded version of the April 2008 demo, Flapi, YDreams' in-house mascot, and other virtual characters interact in real-time with a little girl and other physical obstacles in a new seamless augmented playground environment.