HP Labs released mscape, a gaming platform presenting an augmented reality game space. And what's the idea behind ? Try to bridge the virtual world and the real world with games that are played on devices by moving around outside. Mscape enables people to design, create and share location-based experiences, games and tours with friends, anywhere in the world.
Users equipped with a GPS-enabled Windows mobile device running the mscape player can move through the physical world, triggering digital media - including images, text, sounds, audio and video - in response to physical events such as location, proximity, time and movement. Complicated? Have a look to this video , it's a concept video of what the engineers hope to achieve. Mscape is still about two years away from that level of play (real-time animation over real-world video) but currently supports a variety of sensors.
Vey interesting project for two raisons : augmented reality titles could change the idea of videogames, making something completely new from the mixture of analog and digital. And the use of GPS sensors for location-aware adventure games can allow to create, post and share the digital location-based mediascape experiences. Want to try it ?
Find more info about HP Mediascape here.