Project Glass Battlefield concept brings augmented reality to gaming

April 17, 2012
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Project Glass has inspired its fair share of constructive conversation, not to mention parody. But the latest video to play off of Google's augmented reality project takes the cake and the checkpoint. YouTube user ThereIsACanal used the ideas presented in Google's now-famous concept video and extrapolated to see what "Battlefield 5" could look like when taken into the real world. The results aren't exactly a cinematic masterpiece, but the video does a great job at illustrating the possibilities inherent in augmented reality gaming.

The video starts off innocuously enough: our protagonist casually meets a buddy on the street, recognized via Project Glass' Google Latitude integration. He then hops the fence into an abandoned building complex (with his glasses kindly reminding him that he's breaking the law). When "Battlefield 5" loads up, it generates weapons and BDUs for the player and populates the space with enemy fighters, which can be killed with the virtual rifle the player is holding. Enough talk, just watch the video:

This sort of virtual and real-world mesh is a common theme in later science fiction, like Daniel Suarez's novel Daemon. But now that it's technically possible - if not quite to the degree shown in the novel or the video - there are all sorts of questions that arise. How would you incorporate feedback when the elements you see in Project Glass aren't there? How would you control something as complex as a modern shooter without resorting to some kind of tethered controller? What kind of psychological impacts would bringing hyper-violent modern games into actual, physical locations have? It's a fascinating and challenging idea.

There's still very little concrete information available on Project Glass, though Google says it's hoping to use feedback from the concept video and photos to refine the idea. We hope that it becomes a reality somewhere beyond the Google Campus soon - and that industrious designers and developers can take videos like these out of the realm of fantasy.

[via Kotaku]


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  • klynne

    I am a big fan of augmented reality and I like seeing that it has been making its way in apps. I am an editor for The Recapp.com, an app review site. We just reviewed 5 sweet augmented reality apps, but I like how you guys included some gaming apps! Very cool! Check out our AR apps here, https://www.therecapp.com/app_living/feature/5_cool_augmented_reality_apps/

  • Richard Hafner

    this just had me wanting to play bf3 again.

    there goes my productive day…

  • http://youroakley.jimdo.com/ Shirley

    If this really come true,I think it is really a good new for those game lovers.

  • Dientesvsdfsdfaliente

    im in my clinic with patients, but gotta stop 30minutes to play bf3!
     

  • WideAwake

    please gamers….can we demand more than war simulations.  murder and chaos is not really as cool as you want it to be.  Players growing up playing military recroutment games will be easily influenced by the governments of the world.  Americans who grew up watching GI Joe became the adults who accepted the world of terror we live in today.  Lets get more creative game developers.  You have a major role in the future of human behavior.  Make something to knock our socks off.  Im tired of shooting the socks off of terrorists and enemy troops.  Im a FPS champ.  Im just aware……wish I had other experiences to be a champ at