Playing God: Augmented Reality Sandbox Lets You Build And Destroy Your Own Little Islands

March 5, 2015


This is a demonstration of an augmented reality sandbox with real-time topographic line generation. Basically the system automatically adjusts the topography lines and color depending on the altitude of the sand in a particular area. I could play with that for hours. Or at least a couple minutes. *builds up island* Dammit villagers, I demand a sacrifice or I will sink you to the bottom of the sea! Somebody, anybody -- jump in this volcano. I'm waiting. That's it! *destroys island with a sweep of an arm* Wow, that was actually pretty fun. And look -- there was treasure buried under the island! "Pretty sure that's a cat turd." This is why I hate sandboxes.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Dean D, who's confident there's an application for this in augmented reality p0rn.

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  • Matty Spinny

    I love how theyre thinking how to make it into an interactive student project

  • Jenness

    I wish I could have this on my ceiling in every room so that I can "redecorate" my whole house at once. Feeling 70's, large print patterns and "shag" rug...etc etc

  • $18889437

    well... here you go:

  • Jenness

    Oh yeahhhh! I saw this , but yeahhhh, good memory!!

  • Jfdelman

    The kid at :38 knew he was making boobs.

  • Xankar

    Need an RTS to be made with this. 10/10 terraforming :P

    Not to mention awesome map making :D

  • Bruce Wayne

    *Slams fist into the sand* Asteroid!

  • artisan54

    The St. Louis Science Center has had one of these for years. its pretty cool you can make the "water" rain by holding your hand like a cloud.

  • MustacheHam

    This looks to me like a great idea for future classroom tools to teach kids about landscapes, how islands form, etc.. :)

  • Ed

    This is really cool. I think the tech needs to be spun in a way that enhances table games like Warhammer and Mechwarrior. Then it would be awesome.

  • Wiley

    The future of all forms of gaming seems so potentially interesting.

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