Monday, January 24, 2011

GIS-based games rising

Finally there seems to be several initiatives underway to combine the power of GIS and Gaming together. This year's GeoDesign meeting had several speakers mention games as a potential for simulation of policy or design scenarios.

MITAR Games is a current project at the MIT Step Program that take augmented reality into the hands of teachers and students.

Another interesting AR platform is provided by Layar. This company based in the Netherlands provides a development platform for mobile devices and all kinds of fun, serious, useful, and weird augmentation is featured in their layer catalog,  400+ layers in the U.S. Still, playing pacman in real life, running around the streets of Columbus and being chased by those monsters...not sure, but absolutely sure I want to learn & develop tools for geography education.