AR/VR Weekly | June 24, 2020

AR/VR Weekly
My family just finished watching The Dragon Prince on Netflix. It’s an animated fantasy adventure, with lots of sword-and-sorcery fun. My favorite part of how it presents magic is writing the runes to cast a spell in the air.
And it was the first thing I thought about when I read about research from Arizona State on something called “FMKit,” which as our Jeremy Horwitz says enables “headsets to precisely track individual finger motions, as well as recognizing in-air handwriting.” 
And the first thing I thought about was the spellcasting in The Dragon Prince. This sort of system sounds fantastic for games as well as productivity functions. Scribing spells midair, or being in a virtual world and using precise finger signals to communicate, opens the path to all kinds of innovative games. It could also add a layer to the online tabletop role-playing you get from apps like Roll20 or Fantasy Grounds. 
This also has some fascinating implications for security, with symbols replacing typed passwords. And I could see it as a fantastic tool for teaching languages that use kanji characters. I wonder if, someday, such tech could work for even directing machines and robots in construction or manufacturing?
And will I be writing in mixed reality one day instead of on a keyboard? Honestly, that doesn’t sound too bad. …
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–Jason Wilson, GamesBeat managing editor

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