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Augmented Reality Quake

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the sure-why-not dept.

Quake 255

DrGonzo writes "Take a tour of campus an shoot some monsters. The Wearable Computer Lab at the University of South Australia has developed a prototype wearable Quake suit. " I'm a little skeptical of this, but it sure would make the frisbee golfers on campus look like the normal ones.

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255 comments

You mean that monster *isn't* real? (1)

aelfwyne (262209) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567772)

Ack!

this monster is real (-1)

neal n bob (531011) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567848)

Boys and girls take warning, if you go near the lake
Keep your eyes wide open, and look for Sneaky Snake
Now maybe you won't see him, maybe you won't hear
But he'll sneak up behind you, and drink all your root beer

And then Sneaky Snake goes dancin', wigglin' and a-hissin'
Sneaky Snake goes dancin', gigglin' and a-kissin'
I don't like old Sneaky Snake; he laughs too much you see
When he goes wigglin' through the grass, it tickles his underneath

Well, Sneaky Snake drinks root beer, and he just makes me sick
When he is not dancin', he looks just like a stick
Now, he doesn't have any arms or legs, you cannot see his ears
And while we are not lookin', he's stealin' all of our beer

And then Sneaky Snake goes dancin', wigglin' and a-hissin'
Sneaky Snake goes dancin', gigglin' and a-kissin'
I don't like old Sneaky Snake; he laughs too much you see
When he goes wigglin' through the grass, it tickles his underneath

Re:You mean that monster *isn't* real? (1, Flamebait)

nanojath (265940) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567967)

I think I'd prefer a modified Quake that presented the virtual reality of shooting students on a college campus...

Re:You mean that monster *isn't* real? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3568080)

Everybody print out this Slashdot story as it's going to be the famous for the first time Ashcroft personally prosecuted a /. poster.

Man dressed with toy gun shot on college campus... (4, Funny)

fmaxwell (249001) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567782)

...more on 9 News at 11.

Not the coolest looking outfit in the world (3, Funny)

strictnein (318940) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567793)

But if it really works like is shown on the site, it'd definitely be something worth looking into.

I could just imagine it:

"Die you worthless demon die!"

"Billy! Stop pointing that thing at Grandma"

ascii quake is more fun (1, Offtopic)

destiney (149922) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567797)

MOD PARENT UP (0, Redundant)

MoneyT (548795) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568083)

It aint that off topic and it's cool

What about respawns? (3, Funny)

loucura! (247834) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567799)

It has to suck to be playing a multiplayer game of augmented reality quake, and respawn where you died. Of course, now you have physical recourse against spawn campers.

Roschambeau?

Re:What about respawns? (2, Funny)

version5 (540999) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568042)

You could implement it so that you have to walk back to one or more respawn points in order to respawn, and in the mean time, you wouldn't be able to shoot. I suppose you could run around dead trying to knock people's guns out of their hands, until somebody got mad and turned off augmented reality and started chasing you down to beat you to a pulp in *actual* reality...

I'd like to see them implement rocket jumping too. :P

Re:What about respawns? (1)

saviorsloth (467974) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568185)

i think it should be something like mario kart 64 when you die, players become little running bombs and can detonate next to someone. that'll stop the spawn campers.

coming soon - the Blind Date mod (5, Funny)

count0 (28810) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567801)

now that's augmented reality with a market!

cz

Re:coming soon - the Blind Date mod (5, Funny)

count0 (28810) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567839)

come to think of it - geeks would probably be better off if they offered their dates the use of augmented reality goggles...

Correction (3, Funny)

The Turd Report (527733) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567886)

augmented reality goggles...

More commonly known as 'Beer Googles'...

Ultimate (1)

Parsa (525963) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567803)

That would be the ultimate form of paintball for me. Laser Tag meets Paintball meets Quake III Arena.

I know I have something witty to say here but I can't stop thinking about live action first person shooter death tournaments!

Although the picture of that guy with the gun makes me wonder how many people would get shot by cops not knowing the difference.

Re:Ultimate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3567865)

Isn't paintball just a FPS for people who don't mind exercise, leaving their house once in a while, and talking to real people? I'm sorry, but paintball is live action, you play it (thus first person), and the goal is to kill the other team. All you have to do to make it Quake is put people in stupid outfits before you shoot them.

BTW, lasertag is for wimps. Paintballs don't hurt, suck it up.

Re:Ultimate (1)

2names (531755) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567953)

All you have to do to make it Quake is put people in stupid outfits before you shoot them.

As opposed to the not-stupid Urban fatigues most paintballers wear? C'mon, if it's only the outfits that make the difference, then paintball is already Quake.

Re:Ultimate (1)

zaffir (546764) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568164)

You can't rocket jump in paintball. And there's no quad damage.

I do this all the time (0, Offtopic)

dirvish (574948) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567807)

without the silly suit. Hold on one sec while I reload my bfg...

Dead Already (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3567810)

We just need to get Google to cache all of these websites before posting them to /. Maybe then it could handle all the traffic.

Grand theft what? (3, Funny)

68030 (215387) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567818)

Please tell me someone wrote a GTA mod for
Quake 1 some where way back when.. I want to
get points for stealing cars in real life.

What about ARRoger Ramrod? (0, Offtopic)

TheWickedKingJeremy (578077) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567819)


On second though, nevermind... That wouldn't go over well at all with campus security....

LAN Partys just got a lot more expensive... (5, Funny)

nob (244898) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567828)

because now I'm going to have to rent a stadium!

Re:LAN Partys just got a lot more expensive... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3568112)

How is the parent a troll? He's making a joke about the posted article. Moderators must be out to lunch.

Wow... (1)

ThorGod (456163) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567830)

This could take personalized models to an all new level. Wonder what happens when they gibb your model (like blow up your corpse).

Weird (3, Interesting)

quantaman (517394) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567831)

I know that the division between reality and gaming can be confusing for many people but this is a new extreme. Doesn't anyone else think it would be a little disorienting to see horrifying monsters running around your campus? (not with standing fellow undergrads of course:)

Hopefully... (-1)

CmdrTaco (troll) (578383) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567838)

some nerds will try to rocket jump off the roof of their dormatories.

Re:Weird (1)

+_-repo-_+ (315890) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567841)

Or the wise guy that glosses over a bush so you walk right into it. Or covers up a hole and you fall into the sewer.

Re:Weird (1)

SnapShot (171582) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567863)

Talking about a division between reality... Based on the half paragraph of text and three photographs on the web site, I guess they are probably just about done. Better start saving those nickles, it will probably be ready by the fall semester.

reality and VR (1)

Vinnster (572111) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567883)

If people can't separate reality from Quake or other future games, they have a bigger problem than we care to address.
want to keep an idiot occupied for hours? CLICK HERE!

Re:reality and VR (1)

loren (2875) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568023)

I think you meant:

<Font Color="#006666"><B><U>CLICK HERE!</U></B></FONT>

darn slashdot...

Re:Weird (4, Funny)

mgarraha (409436) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567959)

Horrifying monsters? I'd be plenty worried if I saw Ed Harris in a dark suit following me around campus! Especially if he urged me to get back to work!

Campus Security (2, Insightful)

hether (101201) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567835)

You'd definitely want to let campus security know before you went out ot play your first game.

Looks like it wouldn't be that comfortable, and of course you'd look out of place. Otherwise cool. I wonder if the shots they show are real or what they propose it would look like.

Kinda cool I guess (2, Funny)

hire_me (580609) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567840)

That doesn't look like much fun really. A better use of such marvelous technology would involve fully animated imagery of that Mexican songstress Shakira, a forty ounce of the funk, and some "self time".

Re:Kinda cool I guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3567997)

Sorry to be off-topic, but just a minor clarification: Shakira is Colombian, not Mexican. Being Mexican myself, all I can say is what a shame her family didn't move a bit north years ago! :-)

Re:Kinda cool I guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3568013)

Correction: Shakira is Colombian, not Mexican.

Leap of Faith (5, Insightful)

prator (71051) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567844)

That one shot with the bridge is scary. I can't tell if the bridge is really there or not. With sufficiently good graphics, you could easily break a leg/neck.

-prator

Reminds Me of... (3, Informative)

Astin (177479) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567847)

Photoquantigraphic Lightspace Paintball, played by Steve Mann [wearcam.org] and his "cyborgs" at the University of Toronto. Wearcomps and flashguns to paint the Univeristy and the players in their own mediated reality. Fun, fun, fun.

Re:Reminds Me of... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3567940)

Yet another self propogated Mann-myth, I've never seen this imaginary game actually being played or a video of it (something you'd might expect given the nature of the apparatus used to play).
Although I do see him mention it often.

Always run? (5, Funny)

bpfinn (557273) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567850)

I'd better start training now if I want to win some deathmatches.

Re:Always run? (-1)

CmdrTaco (troll) (578383) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567945)

Don't forget, it ships with Falling Damage off so be sure to practice jumping off buildings and bridges. Oh yeah, run in front of some cars too.

DOOMED to fail (1)

eracerblue (473104) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567984)

WHAT? You mean you actually want me to get EXERCISE while I am englazed in a trance of joy playing video games?

NO THANK YOU.

Yes, but when... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3567851)

will i be able to buy special computer-activated goggles that will convert the world around me into ASCII art in real time?

C'mon, textmode reality would be the coolest thing ever! Don't pretend like you don't want it too!

/. . . . . (it keeps going and going and.....) (0)

Nef (46782) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567870)

Damn energizer bunny geeks!!!

13 comments and this is all the website is spitting back:

Warning: Too many connections in /globallib.php on line 30
Error connecting to mySQL server...blame the admins!

One of these days the editors will drop 'the admins' a line prior to sending an avalanche of traffic their way!

Disc Golfers... (5, Funny)

ImaLamer (260199) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567874)

Hey, watch it about the Disc Golfers!

Hey at least we can get "Augmented Reality" for about five or ten bucks... depending how much the mushrooms are going.

This seems to be paying a lot to do the same thing :)

Re:Disc Golfers... (1)

tchristney (133268) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568111)

That's right Mr. Editor. It's DISC Golf, not Frisbee Golf.

The 18th(?) Pender Island Classic this weekend. A Pender Bender is the truest form of Augmented Reality!

Holodeck, here i come (1)

Skuggan (88681) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567875)

Finally an affordable Holodeck setup.

I want this real bad....

Sad day ... Stephen King dead at 54 (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3567884)


I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Oh my god. It's really true this time (-1)

Anti-Microsoft Troll (577475) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567995)

I knew that sooner or later, this troll would turn out to be true. This is really a sad day.

RIP Stephen. You will be missed.

slashdotted! (1)

icejai (214906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567889)

Warning: Too many connections in /globallib.php on line 30

Error connecting to mySQL server...blame the admins!


Anybody got a mirror?

Micro$oft, $cientology and (5, Funny)

Glowing Fish (155236) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567903)

CmdrTaco certainly does have a knack for attacking all the masive power blocks in our society. When will he stop his suicidal habit of making powerful enemies, such as Microsoft, Scientology and the all powerful Frisbee Golfers, with their hordes of vicious lawyers? If the Frisbee Golfers don't get this article eaten before 5 PM, I will be surprised.

Ever been hit by a driver disk? (1, Offtopic)

sweatyboatman (457800) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568180)

Those things hurt like a mofo. Watch out Taco!

more ways to get arrested (2, Interesting)

SlugLord (130081) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567919)

::drool::

Wow, I almost got arrested for playing real (not augmented reality, without guns of any type) capture the flag the other night. This just multiplies the fun.

2nd generation geek? (1)

zaren (204877) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567927)

This guy could be Professor Mann's child :)

-----
Can't afford Apple's hardware? How about a raffle ticket? [macraffle.com]

What a great way to get some exercise (5, Insightful)

jcsehak (559709) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567929)

If you wanted to play paintball, but didn't have any friends who did, this would be a great way to get outside and have some fun. It could also take the paintball/lasertag-style game to the next level. Instead of just shooting each other, you could launch a coordinated attack on the horde of monsters at your school. Buffy expansion pak, anyone? I don't play paintball, but I imagine that it's mostly running around and you only shoot a couple of times. This sounds like you could shoot stuff all over the place.

The obvious problem is looking like a complete idiot in public. But for some of us, that happens anyway, so who cares?

The obvious useful application for this is the military/police force. I can imagine them setting up common scenarios that soldiers/officers would be required to run through on a regular basis. This would almost be like getting real experience, and it would keep everyone in shape, too. Much better than computer simulations where they sit down, or are confined to a room. I wonder if they plan on making a bundle selling this to various enforcement agencies.

Re:What a great way to get some exercise (1)

Dstrct0 (442821) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567976)

Regarding the paintball thing:

Depends what type of game you're playing. I am an indoor "Arena-ball" player, and I've been known to go through 150 paintballs or so in a 5 minute game. And I'm not even one of the trigger-happy guys!

Otherwise though, I think your training concept sounds pretty cool.

Re:What a great way to get some exercise (2)

Alkaiser (114022) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568068)

Not shoot a lot in paintball? Only if you're one of the good players. On "Speedball" and "Hyperball" matches though, you just go through a lot of paint no matter how good you are.

I play about every other month. Most players burn through a lot of balls...probably about a hopper of 200+ per map.

Besides, I've seen some players with "Gamer Physique" out on the courses, and they generally last 2-3 maps, max. I think this is going to be much better for cops than it will be for gamers. Judging by the lot of people at E3, most gamers can't even stay MOVING for very long, much less attempting to dodge, and pick up the rocket launcher again.

Re:What a great way to get some exercise (1)

new_breed (569862) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567986)

"The obvious problem is looking like a complete idiot in public" Problem? Hey, looking like an idiot never was this much fun :D I'd buy it for the cool looks alone :P

Re:What a great way to get some exercise (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568067)

The police already have training methods that are much more low tech and much more effective. They are not tied to computers at all but rather modified weapons that actually fire, and cause pain but no real injury. And you get to practice just like you play - w/out all this gear all over your body.

The military has live fire exercises. Much better at getting people to take things seriousely. This may have limited uses but not nearly to the extent that you seem to think.

.

Other articles (5, Informative)

Target Drone (546651) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567931)

Info Satellite [infosatellite.com] has an article [infosatellite.com] with a little more detail. There is also an 8 page PDF [unisa.edu.au] giving complete details.

The main problems with the system seem to be

  1. The system uses GPS which is not quite accurate enough for this type of application
  2. The GPS is only updated once per second, where as the game is updated at 30 frames per second.
  3. Anyone that sees you will think your crazy.

Re:Other articles (1)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568103)

The system uses GPS which is not quite accurate enough for this type of application The GPS is only updated once per second, where as the game is updated at 30 frames per second.

Man, it'll be awesome when a place similar to a laser tag joint gets something like this. They could use a homebrew GPS to solve the resolution and refresh rates situation and build in their own environment - people would flock flock to play it ... unless, of course, it's the /. crowd. In that case we'd all try to build our own. :)

Re:Other articles (0, Offtopic)

killmenow (184444) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568171)

No, we'd just sit on our asses typing about it online.

UserFriendly (4, Funny)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567932)

Has anyone told Stef about this yet?

Snowcrash? (1)

alexandre (53) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567933)

Does anyone remember de gargoyls from snowcrash?
i'd give a lot to have something like that, enhanced vision with added tags to identify items around you!

Nice /. message! (2, Funny)

TheNecromancer (179644) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567937)

Warning: Too many connections in /globallib.php on line 30
Error connecting to mySQL server...blame the admins!

Poor admins! :)

laser tag (1)

SlugLord (130081) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567951)

I think it's less likely that people will run around campus with these things on and more likely that laser tag arenas will adopt this (since the gear looks roughly similar and will add a new dimension to gameplay.

Starting a new exercise program... (1)

jinx90277 (517785) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567979)

...because without the ability to bunny-hop constantly, I will get 0wn3d. I knew that I should have learned how to aim better...

OMFG (1, Troll)

Wind_Walker (83965) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567985)

Can anybody say "Photoshop"? Jesus, I've always heard people complaining about how the Slashdot editors don't verify their stories, but at least look at the linked images, for Christ's sake!

Need a beating? (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3567992)

Just stamp "I'm a huge dork" on your head and save some serious cash.

Really the cops wont shoot you. People who hate geeks will kick your butt and take away your toys.

This is in a word - lame.

.

Early Boba Fett Prototype (1)

Roached (84015) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568004)

The last picture on the page was obviously directly copied from George Lucas' film archive. That was the early Boba Fett prototype when Lucas was on a budget.

hello, World of Darkness (4, Interesting)

Bogatyr (69476) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568005)

Given the popularity of Vampire: the Masquerade and similar games gone live-action on nearby campuses, I can envision these adapted to enhance reality for less aggressive, slower-twitch games. And once people are used to walking around campus in a cape as a flag to other players they're someone to talk to in character, a headset kind of thing isn't any bother. It'd be useful for flagging the invisible players instead of having them have to walk around with their arms crossed over their chest and saying "You can't see me!", thereby breaking the whole mood/suspension of disbelief thing.... d

It is called DISC golf, not frisbee golf (0, Flamebait)

cardshark2001 (444650) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568006)

Believe it or not, discs are actually different than frisbees. They have a smaller surface area, greater mass, more accuracy, better aerodynamics, and if you tried to catch one it would probably bruise you quite badly.

What do you have against disc golfers anyway? Is it any sillier than ball golf?

Re:It is called DISC golf, not frisbee golf (2, Funny)

cardshark2001 (444650) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568054)

What a waste of a mod point!

Re:It is called DISC golf, not frisbee golf (1)

resonator (151559) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568105)

Correct. I would have thought slahsdot would be more sensitive to the open-source "disc" vs. the trademark "frisbee". :)

Re:It is called DISC golf, not frisbee golf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3568101)

Not to mention that Frisbee is a trademark of Whammo/Hasbro, who, as far as I know, doesn't make disc golf discs (I've never seen any).

Re:It is called DISC golf, not frisbee golf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3568109)

Actually, there is frisbee golf as well. At my college, the course went all around the campus. If we had played with discs, we would have broken innumerable windows. With Frisbees, you just leave a little streak.

Of course, playing ultimate (the sport, not the game), they are called discs instead of frisbees. Discraft makes a better disc than Whammo.

Ah, semantics!

Good way for a geek to stay in shape! (2, Interesting)

akvalentine (560139) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568020)

I would love to have a get-up like this. Maybe wait till it doesn't look so stupid, but I'd definitely like to get one.

Currently, at my LAN parties we sit on our asses all night and consume a weeks worth of calories in soda, chips and pizza. It would be awsome to turn that into a physically demanding sport where I can burn off some calories and get my fat ass into shape.

Nothing burns calories like a real-world deathmatch!

Virtual Reality (1)

theEdgeSMAK (467213) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568027)

I would really like to see some virtual reality gear become commercialized bastardized and available at my local http://www.thinkgeek.com . They had lame 640x480 headsets back in the descent/doom days with (bad)head tracking for around 700$. I know I'd pay the same for something based on todays technology that looked nice and worked well. Anybody else think so or is VR just dead?

jeremy

Re:Virtual Reality (2)

EllF (205050) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568070)

Had it been 640x480, it would have been worthwhile. Unfortunately, most of the headsets were in the low 200x300 range, often much less. The sheer technical difficulty of getting an LCD that small to give a reasonable resolution is a big barrier to doing neat things with VR headsets.

Not a dead technology, but an expensive and slow-growing one.

Re:Virtual Reality (5, Insightful)

Bullschmidt (69408) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568077)

Having done research with HMD's (Head mounted displays), I am pretty sure they never had 640x480 headsets for $700. The problem is that the optics and screens are super expensive, if you want them to be wearable for any reasonable amount of time. A couple of problems: Even if they could manufacture a really nice high quality HMD for $700, there STILL isn't a large consumer market for it. They would need to build something that wows people for $200, which just isn't possible with current display technologies. The other problem is field of view. Most modern consumer headsets have pretty limited FOV. Increase the FOV, and you effectively blur out the image. Makes text tough. I wouldn't wait for any cheap HMDs.

As for your question, VR as popularized by fiction, is a LONG way off. I don't think it was ever really alive. The problem is just that there are too many parts missing, too expensive, or just not there yet (good quality feedback, sourceless tracking) for anything more than expensive research projects.

I think maybe once we figure out some sort of brain-computer interface, we may see some real consumer VR. But I doubt much before that.

Amazing (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3568040)

Yeah.. people running around schools shooting things that only they can see.

That's a good idea.

baka^2

This is Interesting! (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568087)

Mod it up some more - I'm fascinated.

.

Getting hit (2, Insightful)

The Magic Yak (559288) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568046)

I have a few issues with this. I wouldn't care what other people thought I looked like but I would care about being hit by a car or jumping into someone. Are there alternative to differentiate between humans walking around or do the monsters pass through them? Is there anyway to "recognize" a moving object to warn the user not get "hit" by it? I see enough people have trouble walking without the added distraction of playing a game at the same time. For many people, I think mixing reality with electronics is a recipe for distaster (ie: cellphone and accidents).

website /.ed (1, Redundant)

the_2nd_coming (444906) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568055)


Warning: Too many connections in /globallib.php on line 30
Error connecting to mySQL server...blame the admins!


more like the /. editors :-)

PHANTOMa (caution: possible Lain spoilers) (2, Interesting)

Frater 219 (1455) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568073)

A while back, Slashdot ran a story comparing some random wireless networking device or other to the "Navi" computers from Serial Experiments Lain. Yet those who watched the series might find something even more familiar in this "Augmented Reality Quake" -- a combat game superimposed upon reality.

In Lain, the conspiratorial organization known as the Knights of the Eastern Calculus attempts to break down the boundaries between the real world and the "wired", or online world. One of their mechanisms for doing so is a game called "PHANTOMa", an augmented-reality role-playing game. As it happens, the particular technologies the Knights use to "augment reality" have some unfortunate psychological side effects for the players.

Augmented reality is an interesting idea, but I really have to wonder whether we really need or want any more mediation in experience than we already get.

Usefull idea that could be applied to other fields (2, Interesting)

Kasmiur (464127) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568081)

imagine construction site where a electrical tech is installing some wire and with the goggles sees a overlay of blueprints for pipes or other wires and such.

Or Helping a person walk through his new house before the walls are finished.

Even Firefighters with a systemlike that overlaying blueprints of a apartment complex so when they are walking through the smoke they could see general things like walls.

Oh the fun that can be done with this.

Well besides video games.

Re:Usefull idea that could be applied to other fie (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568119)

Those are some pretty good ideas. Take a lot of storage for some of those things. And a lot of infrastructure as well - but pretty cool none the less.

I like the firemen one.

They are already toting around a bunch of gear anyway. If this stuff can be minituarized to some extent the added equipment wouldn't even be noticed.

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Ugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3568091)

Just a bit of advice...

That light grunting sound that the game makes when you jump from a 20 foot ledge isn't a accurate representation of the pain that occurs in reality.

Disc Golf (0)

microsquash (155778) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568102)

This sounds like the best possible way to combine my two favorite things. Disc Golf and Quake!

This is old news... (2)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568116)

Hippies and drunks have been running around shooting at things that aren't there for years now..

Re:This is old news... (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568142)

You're not lyin' Alfred and I have been playing wearable quake in the bat cave for like 10 years now.

I make Alfred put on a rubber monster mask over his gear to make it a little more exciting.

Robin refuses to play since that time Alfred fragged him like 20 times in less than a second. What a wuss.

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Frisbee Golf (1)

Apreche (239272) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568120)

Is the best!!!!!

Re:Frisbee Golf (0, Offtopic)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568165)

I don't want you to hate me or anything but it's not the best. It doesn't even make the top 20. While I greatly appreciate your enthusiasm, I must warn you now that it is misplaced.

I recommend checking out some of the items higher on the BEST list before you judge me harshly. I think that tonight you should try and then carefully consider:

Food
Sex
Music
Driving too fast

Well that should get you started.

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additional information (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3568121)

The site is already slashdotted.. check this out until mirrors are available.

http://www.infosatellite.com/news/2002/02/h13020 2q uake3_street.html

- RakeBoy

If it worked (2)

MoneyT (548795) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568137)

I would definately buy it, it would be so fricken cool. On the other hand, could you imagine if this thing got a virus:

"Holy shit what the hell is- ACK!!!!!!!!!!!!"

How about... (1)

The Axe (93018) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568147)

...tripping somebody and shoot them while they're down? I mean come on, how hard is it to make a geek fall? :)

Useless (1)

wysoft (301924) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568159)

Considering that your average Quake-playing geek can't even run a mile in under twenty minutes, virtual Quake would consist of mostly panting and water (or Bawls, if you enjoy poisoning your body) breaks rather than shooting and strafing.

Aim down, jump, and pull the trigger (1)

VirexEye (572399) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568162)

I want to see what happens when you try to rocket hop

Re:Aim down, jump, and pull the trigger (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568184)

It works! I just tried it. I went flying for like 70 feet. I had to use rapid bursts with less recoil to land w/out breaking my neck. People were amazed.

Go outside and try it right now!

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lies (0, Offtopic)

lamp77 (147098) | more than 12 years ago | (#3568173)

That is such an obvious fake, if it's real, why, I'll eat my hat. Eat my hat I will.
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