Monday, March 02, 2009

Serious Gaming With AR Demo At Home

Toyota Augments its Mini iQ


Via: Games Alfresco

Augmented reality (AR) allows virtual 3D information to be superimposed seamlessly into the real environment in real-time.

Toyota has used augmented reality technology to create a 3D interactive experience of the new iQ car. Toyota iQ is a radical new small car and augmented reality technology allows you to interact with the car to discover its agility and interior space.



Toyota's created a 3D interactive version of iQ for the Toyota iQ augmented reality. If you've got a webcam, you can download the application and use it to explore the car.

An Augmented Reality Demo You Can Try At Home

If you've got a webcam, you can download the application and use it to explore the car. To experience iQ Reality you need at least 1GB of spare RAM, a good graphics card and a webcam. PCs must be running Windows 2000, XP or Vista; Macs should be on OSX 10.4. Computers set up for gaming are ideal.

When you are ready to start downloading, click the correct link (PC or Mac) and print out iQ cards here

Even if you don't have a webcam it's worth taking a look at the demo below.



Although the wow factor of this demo will wear off after a few minutes, it’s worth bearing in mind the potential applications of this technology.