Augmented Reality

Ingress – They aren’t coming. They’re already here.

Posted 09 Jun 2013 in Game, SFS
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Ingress is a near-realtime augmented reality massively multiplayer online video game created by Niantic Labs for Android devices. The game has a complex backstory which Google is revealing in segments. Players of the game belong to one of two factions, “Enlightened” (represented in green) and “Resistance” (blue). Players attempt to enclose regions of territory on Google Maps of Earth with virtual links between virtual portals; these maps are displayed on the players’ smartphones, laptops and tablets (which function as mobile game consoles), with territory gained designated as “control fields”. The on-going goal of the game is for one’s faction to control the largest number of “Mind Units”, the estimated number of humans within the regions of territory controlled by...