Friday, February 04, 2005

Augmented-reality machine works in real time

"Researchers Andrew Davison and Ian Reid say the augmented-reality system could also in the longer term enable robots to navigate more effectively. Or it could be used to virtually decorate a real house or plan engineering work. It allows a computer to build an accurate three dimensional model of the world using only a video camera feed. It can also keep track of the camera's movement within its environment - all in real time."

A speculative form of augmented reality forms the basis of the science fiction novel I'm writing. (Sorry; that's as specific as I'm going to get. I actually think I've happened across a genuine science-fictional New Idea*, and I'm keeping it in laboratory custody for the time being.)

*Of course, I could be mistaken.