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Extraordinary Student Film About Augmented Reality: VIDEO


You've heard that "augmented reality" is the coming thing? (In April, Andy posted a slick demo video on the potential uses of Google's extremely cool augmented reality glasses prototype.) Well -- two film students at Jerusalem's Belazeal Academy of Arts, Eran May-Raz and Daniel Lazo, have taken it as the subject of their graduation project, and come up with the following, very impressive student film.

Their vision of humanity's technofuture is pretty grim, but their filmic abilities are delightful. That amateurs can put something this advanced, this slickly CGI'd on film convinces me: We're living in the future. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP ...  


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  1. WOW, that was pretty awesome. I'd like to see more and the lead guy was one sexy geek

    Posted by: RONTEX | Aug 26, 2012 4:16:56 PM

  2. Not palace I particularly want to be. Good job with the film, but I am not enthused by their future.

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 26, 2012 4:21:06 PM

  3. Fantastic! Would love to see this turned into a feature-length film.

    Posted by: CHSC | Aug 26, 2012 4:25:08 PM

  4. Amazing and creepy. Was it the Matrix series, where people are in cocoons, living through stimulated realities without actually doing anything? One step removed. Well done despite being creepy.

    Posted by: Dave | Aug 26, 2012 4:28:43 PM

  5. Note to self: hide dating app.

    Posted by: Eddie | Aug 26, 2012 4:45:54 PM

  6. endgame with google glass?

    Posted by: Dan | Aug 26, 2012 5:03:38 PM

  7. This is very cool, and an interesting progression... in the late '90s and after 2000, the vogue was 'virtual reality' in which the person is in a completely computer-generated environment (think 'The Matrix') but technology progressed - we now carry our 'online environments' with us via our smartphones, and Augmented Reality (AR) is the logical step in that development.

    Since we already use our phone apps to navigate, to meet up (or hook up), leave reviews of places we go and so on, it only makes sense that this trend continue to develop.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Aug 26, 2012 5:10:27 PM

  8. Yeah, but have you ever seen augmented reality....ON WEED??
    (You have to have grown up in the 90's to get that.)

    Posted by: Miguel R | Aug 26, 2012 5:52:20 PM

  9. Awesome video - and yes, that's one depressing future. BTW, the guy looks exactly like Kirk Cameron.

    Posted by: topher | Aug 26, 2012 5:54:58 PM

  10. That's slick as hell. I'd love to believe it's
    just another Clockwork Orangish unrealistic preview of our future, but I think we're a lot closer to this right now than most people would realize.

    Posted by: sparks | Aug 26, 2012 6:48:09 PM

  11. I don't get it. Feeling pretty dense over here...anyone mind explaining it to me. How exactly does he have control over her? Is she just a robot? The future kind of looks cool minus the ending.

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 26, 2012 6:48:19 PM

  12. Augmented reality...thing of the past. Cuba's had this for a while...

    Posted by: Nico | Aug 26, 2012 8:51:22 PM

  13. I was confused by the ending, too. But I think it has something to do with the company he works for being involved in the whole augmented reality thing and he's working on some changes in the system. I suspect that means some people having control over others. In fact, it means a very small elite have control over large populations. But isn't this called television and right-wing talk radio?

    Posted by: barryearle | Aug 26, 2012 9:16:55 PM

  14. Looks soo stupid...

    Posted by: MArk | Aug 26, 2012 9:45:24 PM

  15. He "stunned" her with a brief but intense flash of light generated within the lens and directly fed to her retina, short-circuiting the optic chiasma and momentarily paralyzing her, like what the flash gun did in Michael Crichton's "Looker" (1981). This also erases the last 30 seconds of short-term memory, giving his line a truly literal meaning "Let's start over." What he did was illegal, of course, which scared and offended her.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Aug 26, 2012 10:16:00 PM

  16. We tend to get all doom and gloom about the future.

    I'm more optimistic.

    If someone can put a computer in my eyeballs, sign me up.

    Posted by: Ryan | Aug 26, 2012 11:00:10 PM

  17. Hmm...I thought that the ending meant that the whole thing had been a sort of video game that he had created and was living in.
    He had gotten to a certain level of play, but made an error, So, like
    any gamer, he was going to try again to get a better score.

    Posted by: gr8guya | Aug 27, 2012 1:20:59 AM

  18. The ending makes perfect sense. She mentioned rumors regarding his company using the "sight" as a means of controlling people, which he immediately brushed off, then changed the subject. It's clear at the end that those rumors were indeed true. Nice cautionary-type story about how modern technology might bring about something like this into the world.

    Posted by: Natamaxxx | Aug 27, 2012 8:36:19 AM

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