Posts Tagged Augmented Reality
Ok maybe not, but I got this idea while traveling in the train in Europe. This has nothing to do with Flash, but still I thought it was a pretty cool idea and I wanted to put it out there. The idea came from two fairly new technologies and mixing them together. What it would result is some kind of sculpture/performance art form. It could look very similar to this ad from Apple ( keep the painting of 3D strokes in mind):
The first technology that would be needed would be motion capture. So nothing really new here; motion capture has been fairly well mastered. It would be used to record the movements of a performer be it a dancer or an acrobat. I was thinking of mostly recording the movements of each fingers, because the hand is what we humans have most controls over.
The second technology would be augmented reality. So you got this room in a museum or anywhere and when people get in it they receive the augmented reality glasses. What is added to the user’s vision is the 3D strokes that the performer would have recorded with the motion capture. So as the user moves around the room he can explore the 3D light sculpture ( because the computer knows the position and inclination of the user’s glasses he can display the right part of the 3D structure). Also the sculpture could be animated showing it as it is being created (since it was recorded it is just a matter of playing it). Now augmented reality is not that perfect yet, I am not sure that the glasses could send precise enough location of the user to have a seamless experience but I think that soon we could have something that is close enough.
So there you have it, this is basically painting in the air, in 3D. My idea of brush was exactly like what was in the Apple commercial, but you could have as many brushes has you want since it is basically the 3D program that creates them over the motion capture. I think a lot of artists would be really inspired by this as it removes the need for a tool (pen or brush) because you would use your body directly to express yourself.
Do you guys think this idea is worth anything?
All the debate about Apple vs Adobe really got me thinking lately. Last night , I woke up at 4 in the morning with the idea for this post. It suddenly hit me. Most of the latest trends on the web happened because it was allowed by Flash. If you think about 3D, Augmented Reality and ChatRoulette; all of those could not have happened if Flash didn’t exist and are currently not possible to implement using HTML5.
AR was all the buzz last year and 3D is what really made it possible in the browser. AR is a concept that has been around since the 90s but it never picked up until it came to Flash because it made it accessible. For AR you mostly need 3D and a camera. The webcam is easily accessible in Flash and since Flash is so ubiquitous. Now video is possible with HTML5 but webcam won’t happen; maybe HTML6. So as AR evolve we will see tons of new applications coming our way.
Now ChatRoulette is really interesting. I don’t know if it is going to last or if it is going to disappear or change, but it definitely showed an interesting facet of the internet ( not talking about the impressing number of male exhibitionists out there). ChatRoulette could use the webcam and a media streaming server, but that is not what is happening here. Already all that is not possible in HTML5. What ChatRoulette is using is the new P2P service Stratus by Adobe integrated FlashPlayer 10. That is a new feature in the Flash player that most people are not aware of. What it does is that it connects users directly to send the video without going through the server ( in this case the ChatRoulette server) so it save a lot of money in bandwidth. Is this a cool feature? fuck yeah. Is this close to being included in HTML5? Not in years.