Are you a World of Warcraft player or someone who enjoys hanging out in Second Life? Do you wish these avatars you spend quality time with could come off of the screen to play and interact with you in real life? Well, look no further than Georgia Tech University, where they have been working on a wearable, translucent augmented reality headpiece. This headpiece has capabilities to allow the virtual world to be overlaid on to the real world as a 3D interactive entity. This is the future of gaming and virtual interaction, the next level of “real” world experiences. Augmented reality — with its capabilities for first person games — is going to revolutionize the gaming industry. And the uses of the headpiece doesn’t stop there. Wearing the headpiece in a normal setting could allow you to look for directions with a realtime virtual map overlaid onto your current landscape and environment, get phone numbers or information from businesses, and even take a walk down the street with your favorite avatar. Whether this means one or many avatar friends, there may come the day when it’s just about whether to hang out in your world or mine.
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