Hand-tracking technology company Leap Motion has developed a stunningly fluid augmented reality ping-pong game that not only demonstrates but also demonstrates the capabilities of its open source Project North Star augmented reality headset How Artificial Intelligence Can Enhance Immersive Experiences] With the Project North Star headset, the hand paddle controller, and a true ping pong table, players can beat a virtual ping-pong ball and play against an AI opponent. As can be seen in the demo videos shared by Leap Motion, the physics in the game is very realistic as the virtual ball bounces off the paddles and the table.
The game is more than a leisurely distraction. It also displays flight paths and in-game instructions to train players on form. Using parabolic equations of motion, the game can predict the trajectory of a ball, giving players a better understanding of how to improve their abilities. The same algorithms that train the human player also dictate the AI opponent, along with calculations for the correct placement and speed of the bat.
"While Augmented Reality Table Tennis is a lot of fun, it also shows a key concept largely unexplored in mixed reality is now – artificial training for real scenarios," wrote Johnathon Selstad, a software engineer (and one of the senior engineers for Project North Star) at Leap Motion, in a blog post. "In VR, we can design the experience to optimize learning for a task or behavior AR unlocks that potential in familiar, real-world environments so that we can contextualise learned skills by putting virtual indicators and heuristics on the user's view, we can even help them. Develop a deeper intuition of the system. "
With every emerging technology, hardware and software vendors tend to develop their own apps to show developers the limitations and capabilities of the platform. In this case, the Table Tennis demo shows the field of view, refresh rate, and resolution of the open source headset design and how it works in a physical environment. Demonstrations like these can act as catalysts for other innovative apps that match the capabilities of the platform.
"At Leap Motion, we always strive to foster our interactions so that our hardware and software reach their limits," Selstad wrote. "As one of Project North Star's chief engineers, I believe Augmented Reality can be a truly compelling platform for human-computer interactions, and while the true potential of AR is to break down barriers between humans and computers, I believe that that it can help Improve our real-world capabilities As we expand our reality, we expand ourselves. "