For anyone who recalls my earlier post regarding the very cool Reactable interface (reLink), this will be immediately appreciated.
The above video is a real game being played on a real table but recreated in real time inside a virtual world (though I suspect this is turn-based play). As the real hands move the paper cutouts with the identifying marks, a webcam picks up the image which is then processed and sent into Second Life. You can see a video of the hands being streamed inside SL and, of course, the virtual submarines shooting torpedoes at each other.
Nice little mixed-reality effort.
Wonder what we’ll see next. Maybe someone will put those markers on snails and people can organize virtual races. Gamblers will love that.
Dibs on “Escargot Downs”.