Flash-fiddlers and optical-recognition lovers Squidder have been showing off two new systems that tie augmented reality into Twitter and other social networking systems. Their first project is a t-shirt with a FLAR barcode that, when recognized by a webcam-enabled computer, pulls up the encoded Twitter username and displays their latest tweet as a video overlay. The second task, meanwhile, is cutting out the barcode and having the system recognize users by face.
Video demos after the cut
Right now the facial-recognition system isn't really working; it currently doesn't actually recognize individual users, just any face moving into frame. However software that can do that is already out there, and merely requires some more time and effort pulling everything together.
Of course, Twitter is just one source of information; Squidder are also suggesting that the system could call up a Facebook profile, or in fact just about anything. It's all getting rather Minority Report in here.
Augmented Reality T-Shirts:
Facial Recognition meets Twitter:
[via Official UK LG blog]