This is a demo of a relatively new and very cool technology called “augmented reality.” When I saw a demo for the first time, I imagined there would be some great applications like GE’s Smart Grid demo or this drum kit, but I also wondered when someone would use it for something that is at best silly and at worst inherently wrong.
So I decided to create the “world’s first” augmented reality virtual communion, which fits my criteria of being both downright silly as well as possibly heretical. Please don’t take this too seriously – it’s not meant to engage in complex questions about sacramentology or online church (none of which would actually suggest using this). It’s just a fun example of something that is a technologically can, but not a theological should.
Try It Yourself
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Flash 10 and a webcam
- Print off the symbols you want: planets, bread, wine
- Point the symbols at the camera
Tips: watch out for screen glare, press SPACE for fullscreen, give it a few seconds to download (965K).
The point of this is first to show off a fun, innovative technology that I’m sure we’ll all see much more of in the coming years, and second to remind us working in the tech world (especially coders like me who always want to use the latest stuff) that just because it’s cool, just because it’s new, just because we’ll be the first, just because we can, or just because it will get us lots of attention doesn’t mean we should.
All of which I just violated – see how silly I look?