Qualcomm recently introduced their Augmented Reality platform and SDK in order to enable the next generation of vision-based augmented reality applications for Android. The company is sponsoring a $200k developer challenge to encourage the use of their new platform and teamed with Mattel to demo the technology.
The team at the new Qualcomm Augmented Reality Game Studio, established at Georgia Tech University, showed off a Rock’em Sock’em game that mixes both real-world and rendered visuals to create a unique gaming experience.
Players just point their phones at a printed arena map and the robot characters are displayed in full 3D. The technology uses the compass for location, so you can move around the play area and the 3D objects will turn with you.
Unity Technologies also announced they would be integrating Qualcomm’s AR platform into their upcoming Unity Pro for Android, which will allow developers to quickly and easily create augmented reality games for Android.