Sony A(i)R Hockey

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Sony was looking for a way to use its high-speed vision sensors, capable of tracking moving objects at 1,000 frames per second, to craft a brand-new, revolutionary user experience. That was the core vision behind the A(i)R Hockey project. What the showcase designers wanted to do, then, was not to explain how the technology works—they wanted to create an entertainment experience that would let users play their way to an intuitive, visceral understanding of the innovation.

With Sony’s high-speed vision sensors tracking the virtual pucks zooming across the playing surface and the unique predictive algorithms enabling responsive trajectory mapping, the engineers knew that they could keep the projections of all the moving pieces in perfect sync. Sony’s haptics technology, capable of applying tactile sensations to the interface, could imbue the virtual pucks with a realistic “touch” and take the AR experience to a whole new level. The technological components were all in place—it was time for the team to make A(i)R Hockey a reality.

Joining the real, physical pucks on the table are a mix of virtual pucks, which pack a lifelike tactile punch thanks to the haptics technology in the paddles. The virtual pucks are about more than just haptics, though. They also look and behave so much like the real thing that the differences are almost imperceptible—and that blurring of boundaries, that seamless mesh of the real and the virtual, only serves to deepen the sensory impact of the AR experience. The links between the real and the virtual are the paddles, which not only provide tactile feedback but also beam out the players’ respective colors via projection tracking and feature glowing white outlines that make the paddles seem to hover over the dark playing surface.

More info at:
https://www.sony.com/en/SonyInfo/design/stories/AiRhockey/

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Sony A(i)R Hockey

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