The changing sands of immersive computing, which currently fluctuate between augmented reality and virtual reality, can be difficult to navigate if you are only experienced on one of the platforms. But a new series of Leap Motion videos paints a picture of a near future in which AR and VR merge seamlessly, forcing us to change the way we both see each other.
This is the thesis in a new series of videos by Leap Motion that describe a new kind of immersive computing called "mirror worlds".
"AR and VR are often presented to the public as separate, even competing technologies, but ultimately devices can span the entire continuum from AR to VR and all the rich shades of reality in between," said Keiichi Matsuda, vice president of design Leap Motion, on the company's blog.
"In this future, we will constantly move and change between worlds. Between perspectives, we will change the rules of reality for our purposes. We will be able to navigate, build, and modify our environments fluidly and intuitively Creating spaces in which physically present people and objects intersect seamlessly with their virtual counterpart. We will look back to the current era and try to remember what it was like to be trapped in a place, in a body, obsessed with gadgets and blinking on our tiny screens. "
Matsuda illustrates this new reality through two videos and one set of graphics that show people who capture real world images that are mapped in real time and into a mix of AR and VR be transformed, which leads to a completely new reality.
This is an idea that I myself explored in a science fiction novel, which appeared a few years ago ( Cryptopolis ), in which AR mapping whole city blocks and sometimes even the sky itself in fantastic Alternate versions of the real are transformed, but science fiction is the idea Matsuda speaks of companies like Leap Motion and others who actually translate these concepts into reality.
"Mirror worlds invade without taking you out of space, you're still there, but on a different level of reality," says Matsuda.
"You'll be able to see and interact with other people in your area, walk around and sit on a chair, or fire fireballs, create complex 3D models, or tear down your walls, Mirrorworlds re-contextualize your space, changing its meaning and purpose and integrating into our daily lives, while radically increasing the potential for a space. "
Currently, most of the immersive computer industry on just one piece of the puzzle, either AR or VR Some call what they do "Mixed Reality", with some examples pointing out the promise of mirror worlds, but we are not quite there yet. New AR Constructs like AR Clouds and SLAM (Simultaneous Localization) (19659012) Leap Motion Concept Videos Imagine a world where Augmented Reality & VR are merged "width =" 480 "height =" 480 "style = "max-width: 532px; height: auto;" />