Clubbers 'fly like a bird'

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Clubbers in London, UK, have been learning what it feels like to fly like a bird. It may sound like a drug-induced hallucination, but it's actually an interactive visual exhibition that makes use of 3D vision to precisely track their motion and translate it into a virtual environment

The participants wore special glasses that showed them a 3D virtual landscape. A Bumblebee2 camera from Point Grey Research tracked their motion, and transformed it into a simplified version of a bird’s flight. The users flapped their arms to propel themselves forward, and tilted their outstretched arms to direct their motion to the left or right.

The exhibition, called Driftnet, was developed by by Squidsoup, an interactive arts company. 'Technologies like the Bumblebee2 are an ideal choice for anyone looking for new ways to engage the public in interacting with digital experiences,' said Anthony Rowe, founder of Squidsoup. 'In busy public spaces, digital imaging techniques are a very effective form of interface. They are more reliable and flexible than physical input devices, can be placed out of reach, and allow participants completely free and uninhibited movement.'

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