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Rescape lets players move around in virtual worlds larger than their current location.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 2 april 2014

Developed by 13th Lab, a Stockholm-based computer vision company, Rescape is a game controller and software that lets players turn their world into a virtual gaming zone.

Rescape offers mobile, multi-player, immersive augmented reality games that uses the players’ surroundings as the game zone, allowing players to move around their office or home while playing first-person shooter video games. Rescape creates a new genre of gaming that its developers are dubbing “Reality Gaming” because it mixes the real world with virtual reality.


Rescape uses advanced computer vision and specialized optics to map out the player’s environment and track their movements in the real world. The technology, called SLAM or Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, was pioneered by NASA and enables Rescape to map and track the user’s environment while locating itself in the same environment.

The game controller includes a 180-degree fish-eye lens to be attached to the smartphone, a mount for the smartphone, a trigger, a four-way directional pad, and an adjustable and removable shoulder stock. The Rescape SDK is free to use and develop for, without any licensing costs involved.

13th Lab is currently raising funds for the project on Kickstarter. The company hopes to raise $150,000 by April 17th, and start shipping the first batch of Rescape later in the year.

Take a look at the project Kickstarter video below.

Source: Hot Hardware

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