Augmented Reality Allows Hatsune Miku to Perform Live in Concert
Not arriving at a stadium anywhere soon, the video above shows a 3d model of the vocoloid singer Hatsune Miku performing with a pint-sized holographic jumbotron behind her. What makes it so interesting is that neither She nor the jumbotron is real. This video is taken from the perspective of the video output portion of an Augmented Reality system, ARToolkit, which uses single camera orientation, pattern recognition, and image tracking. AR isn't new, however advances in modern computing technology now allow for dynamic reorientation of the virtual objects in space and full inter activity.
This is one of many wonderful little AR demos available on youtube for us to see, but when can we expect to see things like this in our everyday lives? Will the personal assistant of the future be no further than the lens of our glasses? Could our children's anime be 3d and interactive? Will the next big MMORPG take place, not in front of a computer terminal, but in an open field? Could this be our "Chobits" in 30 years or so?