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ICT Mixed Reality Lab “Tested” by Norm Chan

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Norm Chan, from Adam Savage’s Tested (www.tested.com), recently visited ICT’s Mixed Reality Lab. We talked about our research which helped create low cost virtual reality displays and also described our latest research projects. See the video.

Pokemon Go(es) AR

Pokemon Go is all the rage now, with players around the world using their phones to capture virtual monsters in physical spaces. In fact the game passed Twitter and even Google Maps for active user base. AR games are not new, but this is a bit of a perfect storm. Some press articles with quotes from Todd Richmond:

“Pokemon Go Digital Popularity is Also Warping Real Life” – ABC News (AP syndication)

“How Pokemon Go Could Change the Course of Technology” – Market Watch

Lot’s of unintended consequences that are starting to pop up, and another example of disconnect between analog and digital.

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Microsoft Makes Hacking Kinect Easier

Huffington Post Names ICT’s GMail Motion Response Among Best Kinect Hacks

An online slideshow in the Huffington Post features what they consider the top nine Kinect Hacks to date. Coming in at number two is ICT’s April Fools Day response to Google’s GMail motion prank.

“They’re fun, surprising, and some even offer potential solutions to real-world problems.,” says the Huffington Post of their winning selections.

Congrats to the team at ICT’s Mixed Reality Lab. You’re number one on our list.

View the slideshow.
View the ICT Mixed Reality Lab’s GMail Motion Spoof.
View the original Gmail Motion video.

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