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Portal Technology in the Real World

by Paul Strauss

Inspired by the mind-bending transportation technology in last year’s sleeper hit game Portal, this video clip uses digital augmented reality technology to produce a similar effect in the real world.

Portal in Real Life

Created by EmmanuelMFr of France’s Total Immersion, the illusions in the video really are reminiscent of those in the game. Using his company’s D’FUSION software, he was able to swap the images on each virtual screen surface in real time, including full 3-dimensional transformations.

I had to watch the video several times before I really understood what was going on, but once you do, you’ll be scratching your head asking how the heck exactly they did that.

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Comments (8):

  1. overklokan says:

    really weird stuff …

  2. Scraggarax says:


  3. Th3 1 says:

    WRONG!!! Augmented reality bitches!!! :P look at 1 of the cardboard cutouts…
    there’s an A.R.

    google Augmented reality and be amazed :P oh also look up Augmented Reality Quake

  4. SheaT`er says:

    Not realy

  5. Elemental Code says:


    it got glichy

  6. awesome socks says:

    effing portals, how do they work?

  7. tom says:

    i so want these.

  8. Liam says:

    I’m guessing a computer editing program recognises the inside of both boxes and tracks them in video, replacing the inside of each with each other. The stickers around the side are probably motion trackers. Clever but they glitched it up from time to time.

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