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Posted: 6/22/2003 4:21:43 PM EDT
It sounds like a blast, but can you imagine what people and the cops are going to think/do when they see people doing this? [url]http://stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2547152a28,00.html[/url] Doom but not gloom on city streets 23 June 2003 Japanese mobile phone users could be taking to the streets early next year to play shoot-it-up computer game Doom – thanks to technology developed in New Zealand. San Francisco mobile technology company GeoVector, which has its advanced development lab in Christchurch and a concept development team in Auckland, has developed a "real world" version of the classic computer game. It lets mobile phone users battle it out with one another on the streets, using their phones to zap opponents and the screens on their mobiles to view the Doom environment. GeoVector New Zealand managing director Arron Judson says the company is in discussions with telecommunications companies in Japan and Korea and a commercial agreement is expected to be signed within a couple of months. GeoVector develops location-based services – using pointing technology. This lets people get information about objects, such as buildings, simply by pointing a mobile phone at them. Pointing a phone at a movie theatre could, for example, prompt information about what films it was showing to be displayed on screen, along with viewing times and ticket prices. Another application under development would let people point their phones to see if friends – with similarly equipped mobiles – were nearby. Though New Zealand is the main research centre for the company, Kiwis will have to wait 18 to 24 months before "real Doom" debuts here. Mr Judson says telecommunications companies are dragging their heels installing aided positioning technology in mobile networks. This is needed for phones to be able to find out exactly where they are. Mr Judson says while it would be possible to deploy some services by retrofitting handsets with global positioning satellite (GPS) receivers, the company's focus is to integrate its pointing technology into standard, non-GPS handsets by leveraging aided positioning technology, which is already deployed in mobile phone networks in Japan and Korea. GeoVector's pointing technology was trialled in Auckland during the America's Cup with Actual Spectator. It let spectators get information about boats that were racing by pointing handheld iPaq computers at them. While GeoVector won't be deploying in New Zealand yet, it will triple its local staff by the end of the year. Mr Judson says the Christchurch lab will grow from two full-time staff to a minimum of 10, while the Auckland facility, which also employs two full-time staff, is also expected to take on additional programme managers. The company also employs several contractors in Auckland and Christchurch. Mr Judson says several potential customers and partners have visited New Zealand and expressed interest in having teams based in Christchurch work alongside GeoVector. Mr Judson says technology development, particularly for customers in the Asia Pacific region, will continue to be carried out in New Zealand. As the company expands its offerings to European markets a European base may also be opened to focus on their specific requirements.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 4:25:56 PM EDT
Oh, now that is the cats meow!
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 9:00:08 PM EDT
this is cooler [url]wearables.unisa.edu.au/arquake/index.html[/url]
ARQuake is an Augmented Reality (AR) version of the popular Quake game. Augmented reality is the overlaying of computer generated information onto the real world. We use a head mounted display, mobile computer, head tracker, and GPS system to provide inputs to control the game. Using ARQuake, you can walk around in the real world and play Quake against virtual monsters.
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Link Posted: 6/22/2003 9:10:43 PM EDT
Just build me my damn Holodeck and be done with it....
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 10:25:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/22/2003 10:27:08 PM EDT by The_Macallan]
I'm gonna wait until they start using satellite-linked nanobot implants. Then you just look a building or person and the nanobots in your vitreous humor project information and image overlays onto your retina (including your gunsights). The ultimate in HUD. Yeah, I got the patent pending.
Link Posted: 6/22/2003 11:31:02 PM EDT
Great. An even better way to be tracked. Technology is getteing mare advanced ad an exponential rate. Nanobot implants? Lemme guess- Coding in the right hand or on the forehead. Kinda like the Bible and the number of the beast.
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