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Walk through your photos in 3D!

October 26, 2006

Here’s a quick post on something I’m starting to get really excited about. Turning your ordinary pictures into a real 3D world. Or how to make a virtual walk through all the photographs and memories you have gathered over the years. How does that sound for an experience?

Technologies like Microsofts Photosynth take a large collection of photos of a place or object and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space. It will change the way you think about digital photos forever. Another one is this technology which makes a movie based on the interpretation of a single photograph. See Photosynth in action below; WOW!

My guess is that it will be only a matter of 1 to 2 years before this stuff hits the market and hits it big.

And there’s more… Can you imagine a combination of this technology together with the Augmented Reality techology I talked about last week? Connecting these 2 technologies could open new markets and would allow you i.e. to invite your friends and family to step into your photographs and see what you saw.

Sounds promising to me!


5 ways to use augmented reality in the near future

October 19, 2006

I recently found this amazing video on augmented reality. The technique blends real-world footage with computer generated imagery (CGI) to bring you a single enhanced video. I know you might think this is something out of a SF movie or some kind of hoax, it is in fact very real.

Here are 5 ways how augmented reality can be used in the near future.

  1. Localized product placement. Game shows, movies and even your favorite sitcoms will be able to plug in advertisements of products depending of where you live. James Gandolfini might be drinking Pepsi when the Soprano’s is aired in the States, and would be drinking Coke on European TV.
  2. Games and entertainment. Projecting video overlays on the real world will greatly enhance the interactivity of future games and entertainment. Imagine the characters from The Sims moving and living in your home. We only need head-up displays or HUDs to make this work.
  3. Surgery. Doctors can benefit from seeing vital signs of the patient and workings of internal organs while performing complex procedures. Operating Rooms will be greatly reduced in hands-on staff.
  4. Construction and maintenance. Seeing schematics while you are working on objects will make construction and maintenance very intuitive and easy for non-educated workers. Big companies already use this for rapid prototyping or viewing large amounts of 3D data (for example: an oil digging rig).
  5. World domination. Not even live TV is real anymore because everything can be augmented reality. Using this technology you can trick people into believing anything you want. Remember, “You’re not paranoid if they’re really out to get you”.