Interactive light books coming to a reading time near you

I could not get enough of augmented reality when it first broke onto the scene. So any way the digital and physical worlds can react with one another totally geeks me out. Like this…


Disney Research in Pittsburgh and three professors at Carnegie Mellon University teamed up to create HideOut, a mobile projector that creates a new way for digital content to interact with objects like books, walls, boardgames, etc. Here’s the geek speak from their website:

“We enable seamless interaction between the digital and physical world using specially formulated infrared-absorbing markers – hidden from the human eye, but visible to a camera embedded in a compact mobile projection device. Digital imagery directly augments and responds to the physical objects it is projected on, such as an animated character interacting with printed graphics in a storybook. HideOut further extends our work towards a new ‘game projector’ paradigm where the real world becomes a digital playground.”

Be sure to check out the video on their site that shows the mobile projector in action. I think the best thing about this new tech is how the projected images react to the surface where they’re being projected. Plus if smartphones have projectors built into them in the future (which doesn’t really seem like a stretch at all), can you imagine how much cooler mobile gaming can be? And how much more fun it will be to flip through photos when you’re with friends?


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