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At SXSW, augmented reality brought a favorite storybook to psychedelic life

Imagine opening a book and seeing it come to life—no special glasses required. What if the characters reacted to your hand gestures and daily objects and were are absorbed as elements in the story. Sony Future Lab has unveiled a device that transforms any flat surface into an augmented display, complete with touch control.

The technology, as reported by The Verge, relies on two main components. One is a camera that provides depth, similar to the Microsoft Kinect. These cameras map the terrain and tracks changes while hand and finger recognition provides the controls. The projection then provides the images that augments the physical space as seen by a video uploaded by Vidiemme Consulting.

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