Wall climbing

This augmented reality demo shows how to turn rock climbing into play

Everyone knows the game could be big on augmented reality (the process of adding computer-generated imagery to your actual view of the real world), but they haven’t really shown what would be fun. But a video made by Brooklyn Boulders and startup Randori shows how augmented reality could be used to create a timed game from rock climbing.

The video below gives you a small taste of the future of augmented reality. Augmented reality glasses company Magic Leap confirmed yesterday that it has raised $793.5 million from Alibaba Group and other investors. And technical advisor Digi-Capital estimates augmented reality will be a $90 billion market by 2020.

Gym company Brooklyn Boulders is working with Jon Cheng, creator of the Time Trial game and head of startup Randori, to implement the game in its gyms. In the game, you earn points by climbing a climbing wall and touching the numbers that light up. The numbers emit a sound and disappear as soon as you touch them.

It takes a different kind of imagination to come up with augmented reality apps, as Graeme Devine, Creative Director at Magic Leap, noted at our recent GamesBeat conference. After watching this video, you might be inspired to create your own AR experience.

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