Your body is driving a new wave of AR, VR experiences

CNET | 2/4/2019 | Joan E. Solsman
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To unfurl an interactive murder mystery, Peter Flaherty knew he wanted to incorporate augmented reality, which overlays digital media on top of the real world, and projection mapping, which shrink-wraps video onto physical objects.

But the most important technology for telling his story is one we're already constantly using: our own bodies.

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"The more your body's engaged in any interactive or immersive form, the more meaningful it is," Flaherty said in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival on the night before the fest opened late last month. "Those choose-your-own-adventures -- where you choose A or B, pathway one or two -- for me is never that exciting. But if you're actually kinesthetically moving your body, you're engaged."

Watch this: The Dial at Sundance marries projection mapping and AR...

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At the festival's New Frontier showcase of tech-heavy immersive projects, Flaherty's piece, called The Dial, is one of several using participants' bodies as a key mechanism for how they work. Instead of bathing you in passive immersion or forcing fiddly game controllers into your hands, creators are nesting unfamiliar tech with an instrument -- your body -- that's as familiar as the back of your hand. Literally.

Their hope is to make projects utilizing augmented and virtual reality -- once hot tech trends still struggling to find their way to consumers -- more engrossing. VR and AR could use all the help they can get to actually fulfill their promise of offering us radically different and immersive experiences. The trend could, at the same time, restore some of the connection we've lost to our physical selves that tech has cleaved away.

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"It's a critical moment culturally with the advent of spatial computing and the advent of also machine learning, for us ... to put the body back at the center of the potential...
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