This thing is unbelieveable, i could not imagine such a thing in final development ever this fast.
From WIRED NEWS:
By Rachel Metz
02:00 AM Aug. 22, 2005 PT
California-based researchers have developed a game console that puts participants in the middle of the action using a motion detector and Wi-Fi.
The 3-D gaming platform was developed at the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, and for now is aimed at re-creating popular schoolyard games such as red light, green light; dodge ball; and capture the flag.
In Red Light, Green Light, one player assumes the role of the traffic cop, and calls out stop and go commands that are interpreted using voice-recognition software. Virtual pedestrians close in from all sides. In a twist worthy of Bladerunner, the object is to determine which of the walkers is the single human opponent, and blast the target into oblivion. A side arm of sufficient caliber to engulf suspects in a satisfying spray of pyrotechnics is provided.
Thanks to the novel 3-D feature, the cop player must stand and physically spin around to view the field.
Watch an interactive version of Red Light, Green Light."We want to address mostly that games lack physicality to them, that they don't engage ... the real world in compelling ways," said Julian Bleecker, a USC professor who is designing the game platform along with colleague Peter Brinson.
The experiments are taking place under the auspices of Vis-a-Vis Games, a company formed by Bleecker and Brinson in partnership with USC's Mobile and Pervasive Lab. They've already produced a prototype made up of a gray, 4-pound tablet PC with a 12-inch screen that runs a stripped-down version of Windows XP and specially designed software. Sleeker, more portable versions are on the drawing board....... :drool: