Your Very Own Holodeck? castAR Brings It Within Reach
For those whove longed fora Star Trek-style holodeck of your ownthe future is here. castAR is an augmented reality system that brings the idea within reach. When Imoved your body in real life, the software adjusted my view of the projected game board accordingly. Unlike immersive virtual reality, you can still see your opponents in real life with a tilt of the head, if you want to exchange a look or punch them in the arm.
While wearing the castAR glasses, the effect is pretty nifty: I playeda multiplayer zombie game that is projected on a real table top. When Imoved your body in real life, the software adjusted my view of the projected game board accordingly. Unlike immersive virtual reality, you can still see your opponents in real life with a tilt of the head, if you want to exchange a look or punch them in the arm.
Outside of games, the potential applications for this type of technology are plentiful. Theres data visualization for computer aided design, or for education. If you really wanted to go crazy, you could even turn your entire room into a holodeck, says castAR co-creator Jeri Ellsworth. A holodeck? Be still, my Star Trek TNG-loving heart.
I stopped bythe castAR tent at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014, where they were demoing an Asteroids-style game, a multiplayer zombie game, and a 3D rendering of what your 3D print will look like projected inside the 3D printer, as it’s printing. Jerispokewithme on camera about castARs potential and whatshe loves most about seeing other people using it. I also chatted with some Fairegoers who had just demoed the muliplayer zombie game (“It was cooperative at first, but then things went downhill and we startedattacking each other”), and Technical Illusions artist Ryan Smith. Check out the video above.
I thought it was worth a follow up to the previous post. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot more about the CastAR glasses. This post by Laura is really the best review I’ve seen so far. You really get a feel for like it’s like to experience wearing and using them. Make sure you click through on the link below as there is a terrific video of people trying out the glasses at the Maker Faire.
Starting to regret not backing this one.