holographic-like 3D games… Yes please…
15 Oct, 2013
[dropcap size=small]D[/dropcap]o you fancy playing a holographic 3D chess-style game like R2-D2 and Chewbacca in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope…
Well, Jeri Ellsworth, former head of Valve’s hardware division, has launched a Kickstarter for CastAR, a “projected augmented reality system that displays holographic-like 3D projections right in front of you”.
CastAR works by displaying an image from a two micro-projectors mounted on a pair of glasses. Each projected image is cast at the appropriate perspective, to view it in stereoscopic 3D.
“Your eyes focus on this projected image at a very natural and comfortable viewing distance,” it explains on the Kickstarter page.
Asking for just a mere $400,000 to get this project off the ground, it is over half way there already and it is only on its first day…
On the software side, they offer several options for developers.
castAR Software Development Kit: If you are doing a custom game or other application, you can use the SDK to get access to tracking data / rendering matrixes as well as RFID data.
Unity integration: Simply create an empty GameObject and add our interface script to it. You’ll be off and running under castAR within a few minutes. Additional scripts for the Magic Wand and RFID objects are also available.
Demos and example experiences: We will provide you with demo games and other sample projects to help give you an idea of a few things that are possible with this system.
(Potential) Additional engine support: We are currently in discussions with other engine developers to add support for castAR.
(Potential) Support for existing VR applications: We are also investigating ways to get existing VR applications up and running on our system.
Both the Unity integration and the SDK will be available free of charge.
In its pitch video, which you can watch below, the duo are shown playing Dungeons and Dragons, as well as interacting with the projections using a wand-like device.