meta launches Kickstarter to build augmented reality modules
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It's an exciting time for technology. It seems like every day we're seeing new devices or programs that are bringing science fiction closer to reality. The Eye Tribe and their eye tracking technology, and Leap Motion's motion sensor modules are certainly good examples of companies now offering options that most of us never thought we'd see outside of a movie.
Enter meta and their augmented reality modules. Not satisfied with an innovative interface method, they're giving us motion control and moving our projects out of our screens and into the space around us.
Wearing a meta 1 device gives the opportunity to physically interact with the virtual objects we usually only see on our screens. Their promo video gives us examples of where they hope to take the technology, and the possibilities are impressive. They include product and set designs that can be modified or adjusted with a wave of the hand, games that can be played in mid-air, or just simple typing on a virtual keyboard that can appear on any surface.
The device works with dual cameras placed over a pair of glasses. Images appear with a resolution of 960 x 540 for each eye. The modules weigh only about 0.7 pounds and can be connected to a Windows PC (32 or 64 bit) via USB or HDMI.
With endorsements from movie motion capture specialists, architects, and fashion designers among others, it's hardly a surprise the crowdfunding project has already generated nearly 80% of their target US$100,000 in the first two days.