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Old 19th Nov 2004, 14:09   #1
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Human PacMan hits real city streets

What will those crazy Singaporean's* come up with next, eh? New Scientist has the report:

The classic arcade game PacMan has resurfaced on the streets of Singapore using “augmented reality” technology developed by military-backed scientists at the University of Singapore.


While virtual reality immerses a user completely inside a computer-generated environment, augmented reality combines both real and virtual sensory information to produce a digitally-altered version of the real world.

The original arcade game, released in 1980, involves using a joystick to move a tiny yellow character - PacMan - around a two dimensional mazelike grid on a video screen. Cookies are scattered throughout the grid and PacMan’s aim is to munch as many as possible while avoiding being caught by the Ghosts chasing him.

The new game, called Human PacMan, superimposes a 3D PacMan world on top of the city's streets and architecture. Players enter the game by donning a wearable computer, headset and goggles before choosing to play the role of PacMan or one of the Ghosts. Players' movements are tracked using GPS receivers and motion sensors and they are linked back to a central computer system by wireless Local Area Network.

The rules are the same as in the original, but the new game combines real and virtual elements. For example, the yellow cookies that PacMan eats to earn points are generated virtually and superimposed on the street ahead of a player via their goggles. But real sugar jars, fitted with Bluetooth radio transceivers, are dotted around the streets for players to collect.


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* Apologies to any Singaporeans out there who aren't crazy - I only have as small cross section of you to base this comment on (my in-laws and my wife), and they must be mad to have anything to do with me!
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Old 19th Nov 2004, 22:17   #2
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This has been done before http://www.pacmanhattan.com/ albeit that this one used a connection to a central hub via mobile phones which told pacman or the ghosts where each other was, where had been etc, so one operator for each player isnt that good, but it still worked and looks mad!
Though actually it looks good witth super imposed graphics etc, but the other one was much faster paced.. and no heavy 'wearable couputer' to lug around.
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Old 20th Nov 2004, 16:17   #3
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While virtual reality immerses a user completely inside a computer-generated environment, augmented reality combines both real and virtual sensory information to produce a digitally-altered version of the real world.
We call that the matrix, right?
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i swear i have seen it being done in newyork before i just came across it on the internet a while ago pac manhattan
i just found the website i dont know who came up with what idea...
lol someones already mentioned it... if you watch the video clips they are quite funny
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