Saturday, March 6, 2010

VisionPlay(ers) Dance In My Head

Trendy Entertainment recently released some screenshots and trailers about VisionPlay, a PC camera-based video game peripheral.  It looks and seems to play like Sony PS2's EyeToy Play, Play 2 and other titles. I'm wondering if you're playing on a smaller PC monitor if you need to move as much to play compared to a large screen like in the trailers. Even with Project Natal's apparent 0.1 s, I have to suspect that VisionPlay's will be even longer, no? Will it defeat the Ultimate Camera-based ExerGame....EyeToy Kinetic?

Stemming from years of military-based research by Accelerond, VisionPlay is a revolutionary new video game technology that allows any low-resolution, off-the-shelf webcam and low-end PC to do full-body positioning and motion analysis.

Based on Accelerond’s advanced image processing algorithms, VisionPlay knows where your head, arms, legs, and torso are, their orientation, and distance from the camera. The VisionPlay system feeds these refined calculations to the video game (via an easy-to-use API) in real-time at 30hz, and the game can then use that data for any number of purposes.

Potential game applications may include a character that moves as you do in 3D, driving a car by gripping an invisible steering wheel, or even simply using your finger as a screen pointing device – all without the need for any custom peripherals!

The possibilities are endless, and we will be initially making use of them via a suite of physical casual social games. If you’re interested in finding out more about VisionPlay, the technology behind it, or even our plans for it, please get in touch This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with us!

VisionTennis is our first VisionPlay game, currently in prototype form.
Features will include:
  • Control of your tennis player with your body. They will move as you do, serve as you serve, and swing where you swing! Get a real work-out and improve your basic tennis skills – all while playing a video game!
  • Singles and Doubles matches. Go head-to-head or team up with a partner. For 1 to 4 players.
  • A variety of Racquet-based games, including Tennis, Squash, Badminton, and even ‘brick breaker’.
  • Low system requirements - and any basic webcam will do!
  • Instant, seamless online gameplay within your Web Browser. No installation necessary!
Coming in 2010!

VisionTennis Prototype Shot 1 VisionTennis Prototype Shot 2 VisionTennis Prototype Shot 3 VisionTennis Prototype Shot 4

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