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#21 Vortez   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2687

Posted 27 June 2013 - 11:43 PM

Until i can play a game completely virtualised in my mind (using electrodes or something), i won't be satisfied!



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#22 3Ddreamer   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2902

Posted 28 June 2013 - 12:07 AM

frob,

 

Yes, indeed-that is true and clear to see.

 

 

Clinton


Edited by 3Ddreamer, 28 June 2013 - 12:08 AM.

Personal life and your private thoughts always effect your career. Research is the intellectual backbone of game development and the first order. Version Control is crucial for full management of applications and software.  The better the workflow pipeline, then the greater the potential output for a quality game.  Completing projects is the last but finest order.

 

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#23 3Ddreamer   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2902

Posted 28 June 2013 - 12:13 AM

Until i can play a game completely virtualised in my mind (using electrodes or something), i won't be satisfied!

 

 

With augmented reality, it will become increasingly possible to take actual display of a real environment and interact with the image on your screen.  Companies are working on more efficient ways to "scan" the real world data into a game.   It may become possible and common for AR games to have only a fraction of the content be virtual and most of it AR.

 

Entering your actual brain to work in your mind is a long way in the future, in my opinion.

 

 

Clinton


Edited by 3Ddreamer, 28 June 2013 - 12:14 AM.

Personal life and your private thoughts always effect your career. Research is the intellectual backbone of game development and the first order. Version Control is crucial for full management of applications and software.  The better the workflow pipeline, then the greater the potential output for a quality game.  Completing projects is the last but finest order.

 

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#24 Cromfel   Members   -  Reputation: 119

Posted 02 July 2013 - 02:25 PM

Cromfel,

 

Digesting the aspects of this subject and this conversation is going to take me a little while.   I twice watched the video of your lecture.  Most of it I have read or heard from various sources but I have never experienced a presentation like that on the related issues. It occurred to me that many of the most popular video games utilized all of the modalities.  Some games with amazing visual appeal failed to become popular because of lacking in one or more of the modalities. I agree about the evolution of AR depending on developers being conscious of the modalities and designing future AR games accordingly.  The challenge of getting beyond 1st and 2nd modalities is obvious with AR.

 

More study in this subject is needed by me.

 

Thank you for your work in this area.

 

Clinton

 

 

It is good to try wrap your head around these things. You always figure out something new when you iterate around some consepts.

 

What you say about games utilizing these modalities. Thats very true. Big problem have been the display paradigm what have derailed thinking of many individuals. Actually it is rather funny now on hindsight to look back and think what kind of dramatic effect our display devices have had on shaping our perception and expectations of visual simulation and for exampe games from entertainment point of view. What Oulus VR is doing is quite remarkable "Why do we have to see this world as a box?" I feel almost sorry for all those companies who have been in the HMD business and who have been stuck on the boxed-view-to-virtual-worlds paradigm. Ok, its easy to say now. But lets say half of the problem was compatibility issues and legacy support and that none wanted to take the risk, yet this very issue could have been the problem preventing VR getting on earlier considering the money burned (Even how much Sony burned money on their personal "video viewer"). Palmer Luckey literally thought outside of the box ;)

 

What we earlier discussed about Battlefield 3 and the ingame AR in form of minimaps and visual indicators of your team mates position. A lot of that stuff what we see in games could be directly adopted to real life AR (Given that we had sufficient technological level). I think there is huge amount of different well honed application "templates", if you will, what we can adopt only by evaluating 3D games and how problems have been solved there. Specifically when it comes to navigation support. I cant emphasis enough the importance on being critical on what you want to achieve with the technology in respect to AR.

 

Take for example this picture:

 

Battlefield-3-Gulf-of-Oman-Gameplay-Trai

 

You see representation of all 3 modalities in same screen. As soon as we throw all this to such display device as Oculus Rift, the whole illusion of user interface being somehow related to the boxed world view experience is shattered. Suddenly google glass makes perfect sense also. One style of AR being merely localized according to eyes while other localized according to hear or rest of the body (Kinesthetic mental model).

 

Modality 1 - Concrete reasoning in form of Caudell AR by spatializing indicators of friends passing by,  while you were not perfectly sure if it was your schoolmate from 10 years ago but as your smartphone pulled his name and visualized through optical see through HMD floating name around his head you were sure it was John Snow.

 

Modality 2 - Abstract reasoning in form of HUD type AR (Google Glass) showing your vital state. For example heartbeat when you are joggin, blood sugar level for someone with diabetes or just showing contextualized information of your location and whatever may be interesting to you such as history of the specific street you walk.

 

Modality 3 - You have transformational reasoning modality by utilizing GPS and showing dynamic minimap with view from above you on the city giving you situational awarenes on nearby vehicles. Also showing red boxes on nearby parking places that dont have room while blue ones have slots left, combining abstract and concrete reasoning for making the sensory data compatible with you.

 

So as you said, big challenge is the Modality 3 since modality 1 and 2 are mostly for the purpose of distinguishing between information for the purpose of communication and that of tacit knowledge. The challenge being how to transform the vast amount of data we have available throughour gadgets and networks and servers and utilize them for something meaningful. And how that information is transformed to Modality 1 or Modality 2 for maximum impact and usability. Again the ongoing fight over "This is AR thats not AR" what many people are conducting is in my humble opiniontotally counter productive. The arguments on either side just does not hold when you have slightly wider view on the feedback you try to provide to human being. No matter what is the context, what is the application, what is the purpose. (Additionally one should remember that outside of how we are used to perceive and understand this world the Modality 3 can help us greatly on understanding phenomena and concepts that could previously be only understood by reading and having deep theoretical background).

 

One good thinking excerise is handy to perform: Imagine situation where you are fully immersed into virtual world through all your senses. That being the state where people in Matrix movie are. What happens to "VR" or "AR" in that situation from the classical boundary point of view? All the concepts fall apart. Just as I gave the example of using VR to prototype Caudell type AR applications. One can substitute reality with virtual sensory stimuli or augment something new to reality. But at the point when user is not ablel to distinguish between roadsign that is real from the roadsign that is just overlaid with translated writing, from the user point of view both are real. One is merely more dynamic technology than the other. Both serve same purpose. A: To indicate where you should go given this sign points to desired location and B: Communicate the abstract term attributed to the given place. Mind bending? Confusing? From traditional AR point of view yes.


Edited by Cromfel, 02 July 2013 - 02:27 PM.


#25 3Ddreamer   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2902

Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:03 PM

 

How about people focus on making games with better graphics and story,and forget making games that you can play in some glasses while walking to work?

 

Why not both?

 

It's not like AR and good graphics and story are mutually exclusive. In fact, I don't really understand why one would have any effect at all on the other.

 

Personally, I think AR is very interesting as a concept, but I'm constantly disappointed by any demo trying to implement it in practice.

Seems we need way better sensors and a lot more image processing power before it becomes really usable in game development, more then just a fancy tech demo that is fun to play around with for a while until you get frustrated with it losing synch with the physical world all the time.

 

 

 

Google is obviously one of the most innovative companies on the planet.  Regardless of the size of the corporation, the entity was highly innovative in the top several hundred or less even while it was a young business. They have goals long term targeting AR, for sure.  I believe that using their world data and specifically the global positioning data will be the basis of games connected to the internet while using HMD, for example a contest to walk downtown and solve mysteries.  Clues could be available to the end user of the google HMD only as they walk over a certain exact GPS location.  They must for example speak at the HMD to answer the riddle.  If they get the answer correct, then they get a coupon for the store or restaurant at that location but must first watch an advertisement and play a video game that's purchased cheap.  This concept would utilize all 3 modalities, be a thrill to the end user to get the reward, and provide business traffic to both Google and the local business - synergy in a very effective implementation. I feel that these types of games are inevitable by some corporation if not Google. smile.png

 

Clinton


Edited by 3Ddreamer, 02 July 2013 - 07:06 PM.

Personal life and your private thoughts always effect your career. Research is the intellectual backbone of game development and the first order. Version Control is crucial for full management of applications and software.  The better the workflow pipeline, then the greater the potential output for a quality game.  Completing projects is the last but finest order.

 

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#26 Cromfel   Members   -  Reputation: 119

Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:51 AM


I believe that using their world data and specifically the global positioning data will be the basis of games connected to the internet while using HMD, for example a contest to walk downtown and solve mysteries. Clues could be available to the end user of the google HMD only as they walk over a certain exact GPS location. They must for example speak at the HMD to answer the riddle.

 

There is quite interesting AR application available (Given its quite early development) that uses GPS to guide students around city to perform educational tasks.

 

 

This is definately the right direction for combining real world with the tasks.



#27 3Ddreamer   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2902

Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:57 AM

Wow!

 

 

Are we feeling the early head-winds of a revolution?  Hummm...   cool.png

 

 

 

Clinton


Personal life and your private thoughts always effect your career. Research is the intellectual backbone of game development and the first order. Version Control is crucial for full management of applications and software.  The better the workflow pipeline, then the greater the potential output for a quality game.  Completing projects is the last but finest order.

 

by Clinton, 3Ddreamer


#28 Cromfel   Members   -  Reputation: 119

Posted 28 August 2013 - 03:51 AM

Here is video where we demonstrated Augmented Reality system utilizing 2 of the modalities. Little rough and "oily" video because it is not for purpose of promotion but rather technical side of things. But should give some idea of how AR can help.

 

 

 






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