A San Francisco start-up has launched a real-world operating system that it hopes will soon serve as a visual layer for wearable computing devices such as Google Glass. Dekko is an augmented reality-focused studio that says it can provide video game developers with an entirely new platform for creating game experiences that are layered on your real-world surroundings. The Dekko OS utilizes cameras in smartphones, but also wearable computing devices such as Google Glass, to reconstruct the environment and track content around you in real-time. With this technology, Dekko says developers have the potential to create games that can use your living room, your bedroom, your workspace or wherever else you desire in a variety of neat ways. For example, a digital RC car would be able to bump into your walls and jump off your desk; Or perhaps you could build a real tower defense game out of real-world items, then watch as enemies march through your make-shift fortifications. Dekko's co-founder and CEO Matt Miesnieks told me that he's been considering how a number of video game classics could work with his OS too. There's the potential to play Frogger on a real freeway, for example, or head down to your local skatepark and flip some tricks as a digital Tony Hawk. Miesnieks has plenty of ideas for the technology when it comes to gamification too. A running app that utilizes the Dekko OS could potentially have you racing against a ghost runner, or escaping from a monster that is chasing you. Tourism is another industry that Dekko is aiming at, and he says that the OS has huge potential for social networking.
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This OS could turn Google Glass into a game device
A San Francisco start-up has launched a real-world operating system that it hopes will soon serve as a visual layer for wearable computing devices such as Google Glass.