MrSeb (471333) writes "If you watch this short video, Sony will completely change your idea of what augmented reality is, and possibly your entire world view. SmartAR is capable of identifying completely arbitrary objects — it detects a cup standing on a table, and then animates water bubbling from it, and balls bouncing out of it. SmartAR can also create a 3D map of your environment — in the same cup demo, a demonstrator picks up a book, which SmartAR identifies as a solid surface, allowing virtual balls to bounce off it.
The main uses for SmartAR will be in games, education, and advertising. Imagine pointing your phone at a restaurant's menu to see 3D samples of the dishes. Imagine playing a 3D MMORPG that's actually based on the world you live in. Imagine it as a teaching aid! At the touch of a button, the classroom could become Roman ruins, or an Amazonian rain forest."
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