iPool, the pool table with augmented reality
If you think you have already squeezed everything you could to classic billiards, wait to see what this pool table can do with augmented reality …
These months we have spent more time at home, and many people have turned to video games or streaming series and movies to pass the time. Only a few lucky ones can afford a pool table at home.
But if you think you’ve seen it all with this classic group game, wait until you see the video of iPool, a billiard with augmented reality created by Chinese company JOY Billiards.
iPool mixture the classic game of billiards with video games and technology for a completely unique experience. When you see this video you will understand. Of course, we recommend you avoid a couple of sexist minigames that are not very well seen in the West, although they were common in arcade machines of the 80s and 90s:
iPool gives the false impression that we are playing on a giant touch screen, but we are not. It is about a pool table ordinary. In fact this technology can be applied to any pool table.
The table has several sensors to detect movement. But the key to the matter is a projector with a computer that is placed on the ceiling.
It is equipped with a camera that recognizes movement, and software that tracks the trajectory of the balls in real time.
From here on, the rest is up to the imagination of the minigame creators.
As we see in the video there are aquarium funds where the balls scare the fish while leaving a trail in the water. Very spectacular.
We also see others where the balls generate fire, smoke, and other very effective effects. These tricks they only have an aesthetic function.
But also we can activate lessons where the pictures on the table tell us how we should place the club or where we should aim to hit the ball.
The good thing about the augmented reality is that it allows us to go beyond the classic billiards. There are games where we must hit some planes with the balls, others where we have to dodge objects or meet objectives, and others with cards that show a challenge depending on where the ball lands.
It is an interesting idea, but it is not cheap. The iPool projector costs around 4.000 euros.
[Fuente del vídeo: YouTube]