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Hp Mscape: Augmented Reality Gaming Handheld

by Paul Strauss

HP today revealed a prototype for a new handheld video game system which would take cues from your real-world environment and embed them into the game play.

HP Mscape Portable Concept

The Mscape concept allows you to use the portable gaming device as a “lens” to the world around you, superimposing interactive elements into the scene in real time. For instance, you might be looking down a city street, then hold the device up to see a virtual dragon attacking you on the screen, you’d then duck out of the way and the game would respond to your physical actions. It’s a lot easier to understand if you watch this video clip provided by HP.

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The Mscape would use a combination of motion sensing, GPS and other technologies to understand its context in the real world. Certainly this isn’t the first “augmented reality” system I’ve seen, but it’s the first portable gaming device to embrace the concept. The general idea is kind of cool — if not a little impractical — the first time someone gets run over by a bus while they’re playing with one of these in the street, the lawyers will kill it.

HP hasn’t revealed if and when the technology will be brought to market.

[Sci-Fi Tech via Destructoid]

Comments (5):

  1. van says:

    What the hell, haha. Nice dream, but I don’t see this sort of technology being available as a salable product for a long time! Sure would be damn cool though.

  2. manchicken says:

    This could be a very neat toy to play with. Very neat indeed. I bet they’ll try to sell some of this engine to other game developers to help them create their 3D gaming worlds. It seems like games based on real life cities are on the rise, and I’m sure a flight simulator would love to be able to incorporate this.

  3. MJ says:

    Well, similar ideas have been conceptualized at some labs. For example, MIT and the University of Wisconsin at Madison have been investigating augmented reality games on handhelds since 2002. Information can be found from MIT’s Teacher Education Program and the Local Games Lab at UW-Madison.

  4. billy says:

    how is this going to get seld it will be 1200 k

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