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Augmented reality world created once again through Google mobile game

The recent launch of Endgame: The Calling is based on the first of the popular three novel series.

In January, it was announced that Google was joining up with James Frey, the author of a highly popular series of novels, into a project that would create an interactive augmented reality mobile game experience based on those books.

This effort was the next step in a broader AR technology based game experience that expands beyond Ingress.

The Ingress augmented reality platform has proven to be quite a popular experience provided by Niantic Labs, but now Google is clearly stepping this up by creating some new products that will also use AR. Niantic Labs has also taken the step to share some of the tools that it uses in order to give third party developers the opportunity to be able to create some of their own titles, as well.

Now, the Endgame: The Calling augmented reality app has been launched as a highly interactive game.

The concept of this AR game is to create an entire world based on the novels in the series by Frey. Niantic Labs is seeking to create puzzles in real life, as well as treasure hunts and the clues that are necessary for those, in addition to web videos and other components that can help to create a complementing experience out of each of the novels. For example, when it comes to Endgame, there is a website that links to the story which is called Ancient Societies. That provides you additional information from the lead characters within the story that the reader is enjoying. This is a unique and refreshing way to tell a story in a highly interactive way. That said, it has yet to be seen whether or not publishers and authors will be interested in getting on board in order to design similar types of mobile game experiences in the future, and whether or not augmented reality will be the type of technology that will interest readers who would like to play mobile games that are based on the stories that they have come to greatly enjoy.

Augmented reality wearable technology assists in cancer surgery

Google Glass helped to enhance the way that a surgeon can perform various procedures.

Two surgeons from the Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital have started using wearable technology in the form of Google’s augmented reality glasses to be able to boost their ability to make appropriate surgical decisions.Augmented Reality - Medical Research

These doctors use the wearable tech’s voice control to access the information that they require, when they need it.

The two physicians, Dr. Szotek and Dr. Browne, became the first in the hospital to start using the augmented reality glasses during abdominal surgeries. They now each wear Glass during this procedure, which typically lasts around four hours. With them, they can access medical information – including records specific to the patient – as they remove tumors.

The augmented reality glasses can provide X-ray and MRI data on its floating display.

This information can all be shown by the wearable technology without getting in the way of the surgeon’s line of sight for the actual surgery itself. As it is commanded by the surgeon’s voice, there is no need to take hands away from where they are most needed and without upsetting the operating room’s sterile environment.

That said, this is only believed to be the start of the uses for Google Glass for these surgeons. They believe that these mobile devices will be more broadly helpful in the medical field as a whole. While other surgeons have used the gadgets’ point of view video streaming in order to educate themselves and have provided students with a live insight into every different phase of a surgery, Dr. Szotek sees this tech going further. He hopes to be able to use biological tracers so that his AR glasses will be able to actually differentiate between healthy tissue and the tumor, itself.

He stated that being able to automatically differentiate between these two tissues “could revolutionize the field of cancer surgery”. This would help to make certain that the tissue could be more completely removed while leaving the maximum amount of healthy tissue behind.

It could also be beneficial for emergency first responders to wear augmented reality glasses so that they would be better capable of handling unusual types of accident or medical condition, and to be able to provide them with accurate remote instructions.