Last month we featured a short film called Sight, which explored the future possibilities of augmented reality technology. While this film is mostly science fiction, the technology of augmented reality is rapidly advancing and reaching dramatic levels.
In the TED video below, Matt Mills and Tamara Roukaerts demonstrate Aurasma, a new augmented reality tool that can seamlessly animate the world as seen through a smartphone. Going beyond previous augmented reality, their "auras" can do everything from making a painting talk to overlaying live news onto a printed newspaper just like those in Harry Potter, and instruction manuals transform into on-the-spot virtual reality training guides.
Augmented reality is the process of adding layers of information onto the world we see, viewable only through technology. In this space, the Aurasma Lite app uses a smartphone and camera to lay "auras"--3D images, games, animations--onto real-world places. Point your phone at a movie poster on the street and launch a trailer; point at a building to pull up an interactive map... or create your own "aura" and upload it to the virtual space for anyone to see.