Augmented Reality at home

Back from vacation… work piled up and overflowing. Just time for a quick post. My last post was a short round up of some handheld Augmented Reality apps, this time a wee mention of a forthcoming Augmented Reality game…

Sony’s EyePet (no, it’s not an affirmative statement from the north of England) is a virtual pet game for the PS3 due out in October this year. This extends the previous EyeToy offerings in allowing a much richer set of augmented reality interactions with your virtual pet. I saw this in action last week when I was along at the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival, and it was easily the most impressive thing on show (having said that, there were no live demo’s of anything Natal related!).

You can see the official demo below, and from what I saw at EIEF and from other comments and reports its a pretty accurate picture of EyePet in play – what you see here is what you get in the game:

For what it’s worth, I also grabbed a little video of my own – you can see the action on the big screen at the back, while some kids play around with the pet in the foreground. My own video is here on Flickr. This game is almost sure to be a hit – and I expect a lot more interest in console AR on the back of this. Actually, I suspect that Sony London already have some kind of follow-up in the works…

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