As technology swiftly readies itself for the onslaught of virtual reality entertainment, is anybody out there casting a thought for augmented reality and holograms? I should think so, because if anything from Microsoft's HoloLens reveal actually comes true, we're in for an amazing and visionary future.
And I'm all for it, man. But what of Nintendo's take on VR and AR? Nintendo did reveal that after initially taking a huge meh and stepping back from the fledgling system because they deemed it "not fun, and not social", the old beast was thinking about diving back into the waters. But if Nintendo were to pull off this amazing change of heart, what should be their first IP?
Smoke & Mirrors
Total no-brainer this one, I mean who wouldn't want to train their Pokémon in-game and then bring the battle against a friend to the table-top?
Game dev and all-round genius kennywdev created these super awesome holograms using a plexiglass prism and the Unity game engine. Wanna know how? Well here's a brief outline of how he managed to get it together.
The plexiglass prism was created to stand at a 45 degree angle from the surface.
He used a simple webcam for image tracking, and a monitor to project the images.
Then created the imagery in Unity, and remembered to place four cameras around the object in order to create the full image in the prism - akin to the Pepper's Ghost effect
The image manifests in the prism as so...
And the final result comes across as something as awesome as this:
I can't help but imagine how amazing it would have been to have had this tech as a kid. Alas, I'm a grown-ass man and am still very excited for the future of Pokémon battles and augmented reality, holograms and all of the above.
What about you?