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Video Game Fantastic Contraption is the start of the Mixed Reality Experience

posted Aug 19, 2016, 11:12 AM by Blog Poster   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 3:42 PM ]
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Taken from the trailer for Fantastic Contraption's Mixed Reality.

In the present virtual reality is just that, a virtual reality. It is separate from the real world. It is augmented reality's job to combine to the real world and the virtual one. But the lines between what is virtual reality and what is augmented reality has started to get blurry, especially after Intel announced their new mixed reality headset.

Now Northway and Radical Games have launched Fantastic Contraption. Fantastic Contraption is a video game with a twist, others can watch the player inside the game on their 2D monitors. This is different than the usual VR projection; a shaky camera, two lenses, and a disorientating experience. This VR game lets spectators see the player, with his real life body, from inside of the video game. The player moves around and the spectator can move around too.

This is done using current VR and comptuer technology combined with a simple camera and greenscreen. This setup would be easy to recreate at home. This simple setup would allow for the player's real life body to be placed into the game as the virtual player's character model.

While for the video game Fantastic Contraption this technology would allow for easier spectating, there is no reason to stop at video games with this technology. The potential is endless. For gaming this would allow for a new level of interaction between players, instead of customizing characters to look like yourself using pre-made facial features and sliders people can now literally project themselves into the game.

virtual reality can help improve communication here before. To sum it up virtual reality would allow us to not only talk and see to anyone anywhere else in the world (Skype and face-time already do that) but to also be with them as well. We would be able to interact with a virtual environment together, and as technology improves that virtual environment may look more and more real. What was only speculation of technology at the time has now become a reality to some extent. While this is just in a video game it can serve as a proof of concept of this type of technology.

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