writes: If you watch this short video, Sony will completely change your idea of what augmented reality is, and possibly your entire world view. SmartAR is capable of identifying completely arbitrary objects — it detects a cup standing on a table, and then animates water bubbling from it, and balls bouncing out of it. SmartAR can also create a 3D map of your environment — in the same cup demo, a demonstrator picks up a book, which SmartAR identifies as a solid surface, allowing virtual balls to bounce off it.
The main uses for SmartAR will be in games, education, and advertising. Imagine pointing your phone at a restaurant's menu to see 3D samples of the dishes. Imagine playing a 3D MMORPG that's actually based on the world you live in. Imagine it as a teaching aid! At the touch of a button, the classroom could become Roman ruins, or an Amazonian rain forest.Link to Original Source