My very first article on the Freshpreneur was about the i-Lusio, a device that projected 3D holograms that interacted with the physical space it inhabited. I have since wrote about the Sensor Structure, which is a portable device that captures the physical world and digitizes it into an interactive 3D arena. Today, I would like to introduce the castAR—the next level of augmented reality and virtual reality.
Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson have teamed up to bring about the castAR. Their varied backgrounds, Jeri in product design and Rick in video gaming, complement well to support the hardware and software developments of Technical Illusions (the Seattle, Washington start-up).
The castAR is a pair of glasses that weigh and look similar to a pair of retro sunglasses. Above each lens is a small projector and in between the two, a camera. The glasses come with an RFID enabled fabric-like surface area. This is the place where the augmented and virtual realities live. The immediate scope of Technical Illusions is to provide interactive game pieces (again with RFID technology) as well as wands to interact with a surface that is now projected into life. The castAR is heavily skewed toward but not limited to gaming.
This system is not limited to only interacting with items projected onto the RFID surface. It also includes an add-on that attach to the glasses to provide a complete virtual reality experience. It is interactive with existing monitors such as computers or TVs. It also has the ability to house its own virtual reality without relying on external surface areas or monitors. Going mobile with the device leads to other areas of possibility, such as Google Glass—a similar product that seeks to bring hands-free social media every-day life. The next few years will bring about unprecedented innovations and inventions for augmented and virtual reality devices.
That’s the POP on AR and VR!