Rescape: A New Platform to Make Your World a Game

It’s not augmented reality or virtual reality, it’s “reality gaming.” That’s the label start-up studio 13th Lab has pinned on its impressive new platform, Rescape, which uses some fancy mapping technology, your smartphone’s camera, and a proprietary controller to transform the world around you into a first-person shooter.

I could explain Rescape to you myself, but it’s more impressive seeing it in action in the Kickstarter video:

How does it work? From 13th Lab:

“The Rescape SDK, specifically developed for the Rescape hardware’s special optics, maps your environment and tracks your movements in the real world with centimeter accuracy, enabling you to physically walk around in virtual worlds that map 1:1 to your real environment. See and hear the world around you like you’ve never seen or heard it before through the screen and earbuds of your iPhone.”

Like the Oculus Rift Kickstarter, the folks at 13th Lab want to get Rescape into the hands of devs as quickly as possible and let them go nuts with the tech, and the included open SDK, before making and shipping an actual consumer version. If the $150,000 Kickstarter is successful, they hope to get the kits to backers by September.

Interested? You can support the project or pick up a dev kit of your own for $130. Head on over to the Rescape Kickstarter to contribute.

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2 Comments on Rescape: A New Platform to Make Your World a Game


On March 18, 2014 at 5:06 pm

It probably ok for like a paint ball shop, warehouse, field, even office.
its far too dangerous to run around the streets doing this your likely especially in u,s,a and other mad policed countries to be shot or have the whole force on your tale. its a closed shop tool and of course around your home. Then the question is were does this data go and who collects the information about your environment your uploading. This also could be used for rebel training activities and data extraction, which isn’t a good idea, Maybe they should of applied too and given and sold it too the governments around the world for training purposes and such. It seems quiet a dangerous tool. It is a good idea, don’t get me wrong, but its still has many privacy and public complications that could be bad for our overall safety, especially to what is going on these days. I think this is one area of the world of gaming that is stepping way over and into boundaries of the unknown or that would of been secret.they obviously haven’t been reading the fine print of what is they have created.


On March 19, 2014 at 5:46 am

Looks like another expensive gimmick. Pass.