The first thing people did when they purchased a Wii game console a few years ago was create their “Mii”. This is a stylized avatar you use to play the various Wii games. It was pretty cool to see our representation in the game. This is a way to put us in the game.
It is only a matter of time before the computer can scan us and put a realistic avatar into the game and now it looks like that time is very soon. At the recent CES show, Nikon showed a way to scan a person and put them into a game but it took an array of cameras and about 2 hours of processing time. Apparently a different way to do it has been devised and while the results aren’t as good yet, it uses a regular Kinect camera from an Xbox and takes about 2 minutes to process the results. Here’s a video from the team at USC who created the new system.
Awesome. Really awesome. They mention in the article that the new Kinect 2 camera with the Xbox One will make the results much better.
Where this gets me excited is to apply this to virtual field trips and virtual reality like with Oculus Rift. Imagine taking a virtual field trip and being able to see your fellow classmates! I have been keeping my eye on Augmented Reality but I have realized Virtual Reality is actually easier to do now so we should be seeing this pretty soon.
So where would you want to take your class on a virtual field trip?