GDC 2012: Sony shows off new Magnet AR tech and cool 4am DJ app

March 11, 2012

GDC 2012: Sony shows off new Magnet AR tech and cool 4am DJ appAt GDC this year Sony unveiled some cool new toys for developers and consumers. One tech allows developers to transformer real-life objects and surfaces on the fly. The possibilities are endless with what can be done with this technology not only with gaming but also from a practical application standpoint.

The tool Sony demoed at GDC is called Magnet, which allows the PS Vita to create virtual anchor points onto a real world object without the need for AR cards. The tech has the capability to transform the surface of the object allowing the virtual textures to warp and bend seamlessly.

For example, if you are looking at an actual table in front of you using Magnet, you can poke the back of the Vita and the table will bend visually on the screen.

Check out the video for a demonstration of the tech via The Verge:

Another neat toy unveiled at GDC is PixelJunk’s 4am music app. The app isn’t a game but was developed to provide PS3 owners with a powerful DJ program that is very Minority Report-like.

You can take the Move controller and “grab” beats, sound effects and music from the “air” as you feel the vibration of its location. You can then orchestrate the overall track by weaving the Move controller through the air. 4am was developed in collaboration with the famed DJ, Baiyon.

You will be able to create custom tracks and upload them onto the network and share them with others even if they don’t have the 4am app.

50 Responses to “GDC 2012: Sony shows off new Magnet AR tech and cool 4am DJ app”

  1. ncaissie:

    That move thing is gay.

  2. MAK:

    Its things like this that you never see on any other console/system. This is one reason why you have to love PlayStation. It brings so much more to the table that people would never dream of. They are able to start genres, not spam them. Honestly, I was blown away by these two videos, as well as the Kara video. Theres so much creativity and im sad I wont be around to keep playing these new ideas, just when things start to get really good.

  3. MAK:

    @ncaissie

    I thought it was pretty neat. Im not saying I would play it.
    Im saying I am seeing beyond what youre trying to see. You probably think its stupid because its not a game and you cant see yourself even playing that, which is fine.
    What i was thinking is that people can create their own soundtrack for whatever they want, and the music will sound good. It was developed by a professional DJ. So, when you think about it, it could be a useful tool to people who are really interested in music.
    Imagine if this was compatible with LBP? Creating your own sound tracks with a much more fluent way instead of the complicated sound things in LBP2? I can see it.

    Thats just me. When I see an interesting idea, my mind fills with more of them.

  4. dans303:

    “That move thing is gay.”

    I think it’s a decent idea. Not the “feel the music vibrate around, take the music from the air and flick it onto the screen” bullshit. That just makes the game sound corny. But the rest of the idea is pretty sound.

  5. ncaissie:

    I think it’s stupid and Sony should leave the bulshit to Microsoft and Nintendo. Stop wasting time and money of crapy NON game related shit. gdc doesn’t stand for Shit development conference.

  6. ncaissie:

    Lol

  7. ncaissie:

    I’m on chapter 27 of 34 on uncharted G A

  8. Godless:

    @MAK
    “Theres so much creativity and im sad I wont be around to keep playing these new ideas, just when things start to get really good.”

    Sup dude. Hope all is ok with you, maybe just me and my negative thinking processes, but that sentence sounded kind of loaded.

    PS
    I’m with cassie on the music thing, you can’t go saying this shit is good, then slag of the same kind of shit they’re doing on kinnect

    the AR game thing looks kind of usefull, even if it just means an end to the cards, because the reality is I will never play those games while I need to put a card on the table first?

  9. CarlB:

    “…that sentence sounded kind of loaded.”

    No doubt. Are you going to live Mak, or just doing something where you’ll be away for awhile?

  10. FahKinSuPah:

    “That move thing is gay.”

    PS3. It only does everything. Including make you look gay.

    Ncaissie says so lol :D

  11. dans303:

    “…that sentence sounded kind of loaded.”

    Doesn’t he mean that in 100 years, when it “gets really good”, we’ll all be dead? That’s what I figured…

  12. Barnabe Jones:

    “…that sentence sounded kind of loaded.”

    12/21/12 is rapidly approaching. After the zombie apocalypse, they’ll be no time for fun and games.

  13. FahKinSuPah:

    @BJ

    I hope your just joking about 12/21/12 and you dont buy into that kinda BS.

  14. Roca.:

    ^ he’s serious about it

  15. ncaissie:

    ““That move thing is gay.”
    PS3. It only does everything. Including make you look gay.
    Ncaissie says so lol ”
    Lol it’s true the idiot doing the demo looks like a flaming homo.

  16. Barnabe Jones:

    You don’t practice drill 5 times a day?

    Zombies are slow, but seriously, that’s just irresponsible.

  17. dans303:

    The facts are all there Fahkin. I thought you of all people would be aware of the true gravity of this situation.

  18. Godless:

    Hey, I’ve completed dead nation on normal mode, think that qualifies me as having a better than average chance in a zombie apocalypse.

    By the time I do Red dead undead nightmare, I should be confident of surviving :D

    better get playing before the rapture is upon us ;)

  19. ncaissie:

    As long as you have plenty of amo.

  20. phranctoast:

    You may need Dead Island just in case.

  21. Roca.:

    we should ask Birdman, he probably has a list of all the tools we need to survive the zombie apocalypse…he’s actually been training for it ;)

  22. dans303:

    I watch Shaun of the Dead every few days as training. My plan:

    Take car. Go to Mum’s. Kill Dad. Go to the Pub, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over.

  23. Roca.:

    ^LMAO

  24. FahKinSuPah:

    In case of a zombie apocalypse I know im prepared. I have a nice collection of swords and other melee weapons. I think ive had some extensive training, given my time spent playing Dead Island.

    Plus if thats not enough several of my friends are gun nuts and I do know how to handle a gun as well.

  25. dans303:

    Wait Fahkin, you don’t ACTUALLY believe that stuff? We were just joking around, man.

  26. dans303:

    ;)

  27. FahKinSuPah:

    Yeah, I know you guys are joking. But just in case it happens, I will be ready ;)

  28. oldschool1987:

    I laugh every time I read someone thinks they’re ready for a zombie apocalypse, for a number of reasons:

    -It would never happen, retarded to think otherwise.
    -No one on the planet is prepared for an apocalypse of any kind
    -And you’re going to get your face eaten off eventually like the rest of us. You’re living in lala land if you think otherwise. Knowing hot to “handle a gun” doesn’t mean you can survive a swarm of Zombies. I can guarantee me and Carl will own all of you when it comes to weaponry and I’m the first to say if the world was overrun by Zombies I’d get my ass chewed off in the long run.

    But go ahead people and convince yourselves you’re ready for Zombie Armageddon, it makes me chuckle.

  29. dans303:

    @OS

    It makes me chuckle that you can’t see the satire overflowing from this thread.

  30. oldschool1987:

    @ Dans

    It makes me chuckle that you haven’t seen a few people talk about being prepared for the zombie apocalypse on here before and being 100% sincere.

    Ask Carl, me and him debated about it with these apocalypse lovers.

  31. dans303:

    @OS

    No, I do remember that conversation between Carl, Birdman, and yourself(none of whom are here by the way). And yes, that discussion was genuine.

    This one, however, is not.

    Lighten up a bit.

  32. Barnabe Jones:

    “No, I do remember that conversation between Carl, Birdman, and yourself”

    Oh man. I missed that one.

  33. oldschool1987:

    Lighten up yourself Danny boy. Keep defending the “Zombie Apocalypse Massive”.

  34. dans303:

    I don’t need to lighten up. I’m always in a good mood. :D

    http://i.imgur.com/hpZI7.png

  35. The Future of Sega:

    Carl Burrowman,

    http://kotaku.com/5892392/this-banned-ps3-owner-looks-bonkers

    Please tell me that wasn’t you. ^^^ :-D Hey I read the article about the Nextbox being disc-less. What a shame….Microsoft is willing to risk the future of it’s gaming division all to stop 2nd hand games…paTHETIC.

  36. FahKinSuPah:

    @Sega

    Wow that guy is a disgrace! Did you see his home? Its a fucking mess. Hes living like a fucking bum. Disgusting. Obviously getting banned is the best thing that has ever happened to him. He just doesn’t know it yet. Either he needs to get his shit cleaned up or just do sepukku.

    @OS

    I think your taking the zombie thing too seriously. It started because of the mention of 12/21/12, and I really don’t think anyone here takes that shit seriously at all.

  37. dans303:

    @Fahkin

    Thanks for the sepukku reference at 6:30am. Suicide by disembowelment sounds a bit nasty. Even if you are restoring your ‘honour’. :O

  38. FahKinSuPah:

    @Dans

    Your welcome. Doesn’t the thought of some guy cutting his abdomen open and seeing his guts fall out onto the floor make you hungry for some sausage and eggs for breakfast?

    LMAO :D

  39. dans303:

    LOL you’re cruel. :)

  40. phranctoast:

    “-It would never happen, retarded to think otherwise.”

    Maybe not real zombies like original RE, but some infection that causes madness like 28 days later.

    That’s believable.

    We’re due for a plague of some sort.

  41. Barnabe Jones:

    Really good point. I have to agree with Phranc.

    Have you guys seen the Preppers or Doomsday Bunker shows? I think the people are pretty nuts… but it’s kind of not a bad idea.

    You shouldn’t live your life in constant fear, but being prepared is never a bad thing.

  42. FahKinSuPah:

    @phranc

    “We’re due for a plague of some sort.”

    I have been noticing that the amount of idiots and people general doing stupid shit has been on the increase. I think we getting a plague of idiots.

  43. CarlB:

    “I can guarantee me and Carl will own all of you when it comes to weaponry and I’m the first to say if the world was overrun by Zombies I’d get my ass chewed off in the long run.”

    Hey man, you need to have a better attitude to survive, especially if we’re going to be capping zombies ;)

    As for that video, that is the nastiest state I have seen any Japanese person in. Even the guy I saw in Japan with the grocery cart on the freeway wearing a tinfoil hat kept a neat cart.

  44. oldschool1987:

    “Hey man, you need to have a better attitude to survive, especially if we’re going to be capping zombies”

    Lol that’s as maybe but a Zombie swarm will win in the end :p

  45. phranctoast:

    “I have been noticing that the amount of idiots and people general doing stupid shit has been on the increase. I think we getting a plague of idiots.”

    CAD is the source! :)

  46. The Future of Sega:

    “@Sega

    Wow that guy is a disgrace! Did you see his home? Its a fucking mess. Hes living like a fucking bum. Disgusting. Obviously getting banned is the best thing that has ever happened to him. He just doesn’t know it yet. Either he needs to get his shit cleaned up or just do sepukku.”

    Lol hey Fahkin and Dan watch this tomorrow when you’re eating breakfast or lunch. Tasty ;-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMoRqsXKYFo

  47. Godless:

    This time, I’m not clicking on Segas link.

    I think the last 4 have gotten me to the “This site is banned” reason Adult pornography warning page on my works browser.

  48. dans303:

    “This time, I’m not clicking on Segas link.

    I think the last 4 have gotten me to the “This site is banned” reason Adult pornography warning page on my works browser.”

    It’s really sexy though….

  49. Godless:

    ^^^ lol

    I think not. . for some reason :D

  50. The Future of Sega:

    Hmmph…blaming someone else for your own porn addictions, right. -_- lol

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