Watch what castAR’s projected augmented actuality can do
In November final yr, former Valve engineer Jeri Ellsworth and her workforce over at Technical Illusions lastly shipped their first ever castAR headset — a pair of projected augmented actuality glasses that the crew have been engaged on for nearly two years. Because of a extremely profitable Kickstarter marketing campaign (it raised over $1 million) and funding from buyers, the staff have additionally now moved to Silicon Valley to additional the event of the hardware. So far as they’ve come nevertheless, the know-how behind castAR continues to be fairly arduous to explain — it isn’t digital actuality just like the Oculus Rift, and it isn’t “regular” augmented actuality like Google Glass (although castAR does promote non-compulsory clip-ons that’ll change it right into a VR or regular AR headset in the event you like). Fortunately, the Technical Illusions people have simply rolled out a brand new video that exhibits off what precisely castAR can do.
As a quick reminder, castAR consists of a pair of lively shutter glasses which have constructed-in projectors and a digital camera plus a retroreflective floor embedded with infrared LEDs. The projectors forged a 3-dimensional picture onto the floor, whereas the digital camera makes use of the LEDs to trace your head motion. As you possibly can see within the video demo right here, castAR claims that you should use this distinctive projected augmented actuality know-how to do issues like view constructing tasks in 3D, play interactive video video games and create three-dimensional shows — assuming, in fact, that you could blanket numerous surfaces in your home with the retroreflective materials. It is a captivating look into what’s potential with the know-how, and could possibly be an indicator of castAR’s future. In any case, GDC is true across the nook.