Mixed Reality Project Uses RFID To Connect Interaction of Real Objects to Virtual Ones in Second Life
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What you're looking at above is a mixed reality project by French developer Hugobiwan Zolnir, which uses RFID chips to connect the interaction of real world objects to virtual objects in Second Life. This is done by linking objects with an RFID touchtag to a web database that tracks object coordinates and position, and in turn sends that data into SL. Full details on Zolnir's site here. The upshot, as you see above, is pretty cool: put an object on the real world grid, see it rezzed (or de-rezzed) on the Second Life grid.
It's not just a fun hack, however, because Monsieur Zolnir sees real world applications coming out of this: "The idea is to design an immersive space on the fly by just moving tagged physical objects," he writes, "and to share and exchange in this generated space in order to experience and improve it. No mouse, no technical skills for the user of the design tool." So imagine using it, for example, as a platform for architecture and urban design conducted in two or more remote locations. Follow Zolnir's progress here.