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SCIENCE! An underwater augmented reality tool has been developed

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Before yesterday, I hadn't realized that above-water augmented reality had been developed, so this was doubly exciting news for me. Apparently, you wear special heavy goggles and a backpack with a computer in it, and the system takes in information about your surroundings, and adds stuff in visually using the goggles. What researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology have done is to take the system and make it usable underwater.

The current program demoing their technology involves swimming around a pool virtually augmented to look like a coral reef, opening oyster shells to retrieve numbers, and using the numbers to solve a code in order to open a treasure chest. The description is slightly reminiscent of the first water level in Super Mario 64, where the clam shells hide goodies such as red coins and 1-ups. However, I don't believe the shells in the augmented reality demo slam shut, injuring the player.

It is being shown as a possible tool for teaching new rescue scuba divers, but also as a possible water park attraction. What do you think, would you rather swim with dolphins au naturale, or would it punch up the experience even more if you were swimming with zombie cyborg dolphins who spit shurikens at you?

[Via Science Daily, image courtesy of Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Angewandte Informationstechnik]
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About Darren Nakamuraone of us since 2:29 AM on 11.06.2006

Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011.

While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Darren Nakamura knows several people in the video game industry, most of whom are Destructoid alumni. These include:

Anthony Burch, former writer for Gearbox Software
Ashly Burch, notable voice actor
Nick Chester, publicist for Harmonix Music Systems
Chad Concelmo, writer for Golin Harris
Aaron Linde, writer for Gearbox Software
Jayson Napolitano, publicist for Scarlet Moon Productions
Brad Nicholson, former publicist for Uber Entertainment
Alex Ryan, publicist for Kalypso Media
Jim Sterling, notable voice actor

Darren backs a lot of Kickstarter campaigns! If you want to see what he has backed, you can go here. If he ever reviews a game that he backed, that will be explicitly disclosed in the review.

Darren invested in Psychonauts 2 on Fig.
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