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Twin Towers seen once more via Augmented Reality iPhone app. Augmented reality could help with ordering your Ferrari’s wheels. A German researcher from RTT wowed the audience at Nvidia’s GPU Technology conference by staging a visual illusion.

Augmented reality could help with ordering your Ferrari’s wheels

In a demonstration of “augmented reality,” the researchers showed how they could point a video camera at a car wheel and then show that wheel in a video. In the video, the wheel can be enhanced with computer graphics. You could, for instance, show in the video what different types of car wheels would look like on your Ferrari. The experiment is enabled by using powerful graphics chips that can process the data for the visuals in real time. The at right shows the real tire being filmed, while the image below depicts what shows up on the video screen with the augmented graphics. And the image at bottom is a picture of an accurately rendered Ferrari sports car. Augmented Reality One Step Closer to Coming True - It could pote.

When most people say augmented reality, they immediately think about video games, where this system could make the gaming experiences much more rich.

Augmented Reality One Step Closer to Coming True - It could pote

Television and movies jump to mind immediately afterwards, but researchers are now imaging a use for AR that surpasses all that. They argue that a large number of car crashes nowadays happens because of blind spots, where drivers cannot see other cars coming in from around the corner. With AR, it may be possible to make these blind spots transparent, and thus give drivers a chance to avoid disaster, NewScientist reports.

The newly developed system that essentially allows you to see through walls relies on two video cameras. One of them is filming the images you would normally see, while another one films behind the obstacles, and then relays the image back to a computer. The way the tune-up is accomplished is by both cameras identifying specific points in the landscape, and then fitting them together in a matter of milliseconds. Technology Review: Blogs: TR Editors' blog: What's Nex. As the sensors and chips in portable electronics become more powerful, augmented reality (AR) is starting to give consumers new ways to blend virtual and real-world information.

Technology Review: Blogs: TR Editors' blog: What's Nex

The iPhone and devices powered by Google’s Android OS already have some AR apps, but these are mostly limited to overlaying directions or tourist information on a view of the real world. At this week’s International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR 09) in Orlando, Florida, leading researchers will present systems designed to push the boundaries of AR–allowing users to interact with and manipulate virtual data, share real and virtual space with others, and see real time information around them. Here are some of the most exciting projects presented at ISMAR 09. Augmented Sketches Researchers in the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand have developed a system that brings sketches to life with AR. Multi-Touch Interaction Tracking Multiple Objects. The Secret Ingredient Is Love Augmented Reality - Augmented real.

Technology Review: What's Augmented Reality's Killer A. Augmented reality (AR), which involves superimposing virtual objects and information on top of the real world, may be coming to a phone near you.

Technology Review: What's Augmented Reality's Killer A

As mobile phones become packed with more sensors, better video capabilities, and faster processing power, many experts predict that AR will become increasingly common. But in a panel discussion today at EmTech@MIT in Cambridge, MA, panelists will admit that several obstacles still remain and that the “killer app” for augmented reality has yet to emerge. Several AR apps have already been released for cell phones with positioning sensors. For example, PresseLite’s Metro Paris app and Acrossair’s Nearest Tube both provide iPhone users with augmented directions to nearby subway stops. AR apps are also available for phones powered by Google’s Android platform.