Sony Shows Off SmartAR Technology


Nintendo, among many other tech companies, have been touting augmented reality (AR) as one of the up-and-coming trends in video games. The Nintendo 3DS comes bundled with a set of AR cards and built-in AR-focused games. Anyone who sees the AR games first-hands is immediately wowed. There's no denying, it's cool to see something appear out of thin air and appear as if it's in the room with you.

Sony has been toying with AR since the PlayStation 2 era with the EyeToy. Shortly after the PlayStation 3 released, they stepped up their game with the PlayStation Eye. Now it, in combination with the PlayStation Move, take it even further. Even the PSP has given AR a try and been somewhat successful. But where can Sony take it from here?

Sony has demonstrated its new SmartAR technology in a new video. It shows how AR can work in a large 3D space, even if the anchor object is out of the line of sight -- something that the 3DS has a great deal of difficulty with. Check out the new demonstration below: