It is difficult to access virtually any tech news website these days without running into at least one reference to one of the most hotly anticipated devices in recent memory, Google Glass.
Google Glass is a head-mounted display unit that is comprised of pair of glasses with a small optical display attached to the frame. While Google Glass is not yet available on the mass-commercial market, the Explorer program has a list that you can put yourself on for potential early access to Glass.
In December of 2012, a game was released that would reveal one of the coolest ways to use Google Glass. Titled Ingress, the game begins by displaying a map of your current location. While the map is unmarked by any real-world locations, except for roads, it contains the locations of different in-game items, such as portal locations, control fields and dropped items from a player’s inventory. Main goals of the game include establishing portals and connecting them in triangular fields, which can span hundreds of miles.
At present, the only way for most people to play Ingress is either by using a smartphone or tablet. However, imagine if instead of having to continuously look down at your screen to see updates and interact with the game, it was all in front of your eyes? In essence, you would be able to walk down the street, quietly playing your game with no one the wiser. How cool would that be!
What other types of games could Google Glass revolutionize?
For example, suppose you have a first-person shooter that incorporates the real world into the game? Or maybe a treasure hunt that places in-game rewards in different places around your city? As you can see, the possibilities are endless when you combine augmented reality and video gaming.
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