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Augmented reality gaming tested on Google Glass

Blippar demos ar game on Google’s wearable tech.

The augmented reality company has dedicated itself to finding a way to combine the digital world with the physical world and recently took another step forward toward its goal by running one of its AR games on Google Glass for the first time.

A simple game using Glass demonstrates the first steps of gesture interaction.

According to The Next Web (TNW), Blippar used Kung Food for the test. A pretty basic game that is not unlike the popular mobile game, Fruit Ninja, Kung Food revealed what playing a game on Glass could be like one day. To play, all that is required is the Blippar Glass app and a poster that is used for the game. Players use the “mouse” button on the side of Google Glass as the blasters controller. The object of the game is for players to slash at food that flies at them in 3D space to stop it from “splattering” their face.

Since the game is played with Glass, both of the player’s hands are free, which is a key point for playing the game and illustrates the start of gesturing interaction using this head mounted wearable device. Blippar CEO Ambarish Mitra said that the augmented reality gaming technology is still in its beginning stages. In the company’s short demo, the Glass device overheated within a matter of minutes of continuous use.augmented reality - games and wearables

Although earlier this year, in February, Blippar demonstrated its AR app using Glass at Mobile World Congress, this is the first time that is has been demoed as a gaming platform.

Blippar is not limiting its augmented reality technology to gaming.

“Our ambition is to build a browser where you just look at things and you get spontaneous information, whether that’s some [sort of] utility or something entertaining… When we think of mobile we don’t define mobility and restrict it to your mobile device itself. Mobility is a lifestyle choice,” Mitra said.

The company’s vision extends beyond augmented reality mobile entertainment. It wants users of mobile devices to have an optional layer of information available to them whenever they need or want it, whether it is looking at products to obtain additional information or to play a game when they are looking to amuse themselves for a few minutes.

Augmented reality games platform for Google Glass launched by Blippar

The company has already achieved successes with customers over smartphones, and now it is moving into glasses.

After having successfully accumulated a massive audience of smartphone users to use augmented reality apps in order to engage with products in the real world, Blippar has now released a platform designed for Google Glass.

The Blippar platform for Google Glass was created with developers in mind in mobile game creation.

This platform is meant to provide developers with a new way to create their own augmented reality mobile games. Blippar’s chief executive, Ambarisha Mitra, first revealed the Games for Glass platform at an AR trade show in Santa Clara, California, called the Augmented World Expo. The games would activate when looking at something in the real world while using Glass to be able to interact with it. The example that was given was in the form of a can of Pepsi.

The platform allows an ad on a real world product to provide an augmented reality game experience.

When the Glass was aimed at the soda can with a soccer ad that was Blippar enabled, an app activated and then the wearer could use his or her eyes to aim the soccer ball at the goal and then kick it. The idea is to use an ad created in the physical world to provide the device user with an interactive digital AR experience.

Blippar intends to release its Games for Glass software development kit (SDK) in just under a month and a half. Then, developers will be able to use it to create a larger number of games that will take advantage of the Google Glass experience and its unique ability to use virtual image overlays on the view of the real world.

For example, it could allow someone to add virtual paint to a real world object. Then, when another Glass wearer who uses the Blippar augmented reality app happens to see that object, they would also be able to spot the new color or design that was added by the original person. Mitra explained that through this technology “we can become the bridge from physical to digital.”