A video game you can drive

Team uses augmented reality to create vehicle out of a video game cabinet

It's always cool when scientists and people smarter than me take video game technology and introduce it to the real world. That's what Garnet Hertz and the folks at Concept Labs have done, taking a car-shaped arcade game cabinet (Sega's OutRun game from the '80s) and adding it to a real-world electric vehicle.

Using augmented reality technology, the vehicle's windshield includes custom software that takes the real world and converts it to the 8-bit video game world. They've taken out the gameplay from the original game (like other fake cars coming at you), instead focusing on the experience of using a computer model of the world as a navigation tool for driving.

Fascinating stuff, although I don't think this is street legal yet.

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