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Magic Symbol

In myth and legend, a magic symbol is a pattern drawn on a physical object which possesses otherworldly powers; able to alter reality by creating protective circles, summon creatures to do the artist's bidding, or alter the structure of reality itself.

It is perhaps poetic that in AR, a magic symbol is a symbol printed on stiff material like card, that a machine vision algorithm can recognise, compare to a database, and overlay with virtual data. The symbol is tracked as it moves; the same mathematical transformations observed as the image?s relative position changes are implemented on the virtual image, such that the two appear to move as one.

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Magic Symbol and Video Conferencing: Expert Help Over Distance
A rudimentary but workable system using magic symbol codes and augmented reality to put an end to hellish support calls. Now, via a videoconference even over a cellphone, the person on the other end can see and work with the hardware causing the problem.

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MR Aquarium
MR Aquarium was demonstrated in 2008, as a spatial VR project using multiple magic symbol displays on walls and pedestals, to bypass the problem, of turning the HUD away from the magic symbol, at which point the AR disappears.

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Augmented Reality Basics: Magic Symbol
In myth and legend, a magic symbol is a pattern drawn on a physical object which possesses otherworldly powers; able to alter reality by creating protective circles, summon creatures to do the artist's bidding, or alter the structure of reality itself. Perhaps it is poetic that the same concept is now used as the keystone for augmented reality.

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Arhrrrr - An AR Shooter without Magic Symbols
Magic Symbol technology is the cornerstone of augmented reality devices, so to stumble across an application that at first glance doesn't use them, seems incredible. What's more the same app interacts with physical objects at a previously unprecedented level - and that is the secret to its success.

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Lego AR Kiosks: Colour Magic Symbol
At the beginning of 2009, Lego announced in a press release that they were teaming with German AR developer Metaio to develop an augmented reality solution for Lego kits. This went on sale in Germany and California, as test markets. So far, the test is not over, but from all indications they are doing very well.

From the creators of ToonTown, comes Disney's second attempt at a MMO. It is hard to believe this clunky, cludgy, yet graphically brilliant isometric world actually came from the same firm. Virtual Magic Kingdom is Disney?s attempt to put their ?Magic Kingdom? theme park online.

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Augmented Reality Entertaining: Magic Show
An overview and video of the first AR magic show, where Marco Tempest wowed visitors with a demonstration of his idea of the future of magical card tricks. Marco programmed his machine vision system to recognize ordinary playing cards as magic symbols, transforming each of the 54 cards in the deck into 53 different command symbols.

The Roomba has been around a few years now. Developed by the iRobot corporation in 2002, it is essentially an autonomous robot vacuum cleaner. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the programmable turtle or logo bots used by universities throughout the 80s and 90s, the Roomba has become an iconic symbol of the robotics industry.

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If You Build It They Might Come: Critical Mass & Other User Buzzwords
This article examines the myth of ?instant success? in online environments, and how things are going to be boring for a while, there?s no escaping that, until you hit your magic ?critical mass? and things finally become interesting for the participants. It concerns itself with the known ?plateaus? of users, and suggests common-sense ways to double growth without really trying.


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More than 50 years after David Huffman developed Huffman coding, an entropy encoding algorithm used for lossless data compression in computer science and information theory, an electrical and computer engineering faculty member at Texas A&M...

With the 2009 ?Star Trek? film just being released, Paramount has decided to jump on the magic symbol AR bandwagon, and produce a 3D model of the Enterprise, that can be viewed through any AR application with the correct data.


Sony have created a ?new? interface for the Playstation, designed to immerse players in 3D landscapes.

The interface consists of a webcam, and the ?Magic Wand? a 3D pointer, which bears a really remarkable resemblance to the ...

Newly released patent applications from Microsoft have sparked speculation that it is to unveil a Wii remote rival at the E3 expo in Los Angeles.

An application was filed in 2007 for a motion controller, dubbed Magic Wand, th...

Now that on-the-job experimentation has taken an academic turn. A couple of years ago, Teller joined a coterie of illusionists and tricksters recruited by Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, researchers at the Barrow Neurological Ins...