• Nov 11, 2009
Sega Outrun GPS video arcade console scooter -- Click above to view the video after the jump

When we hear the phrase "contemporary artist" we usually say, "Just show us what you're doing because there's little chance we'll understand rationale." Garnet Hertz, the artist in question, is combining a Sega Outrun arcade console with an EVT America Electric Trike (a three-wheeled scooter), an iPhone, and custom GPS software. The result will be a drivable arcade game -- like on the road at up to 20 mph -- that overlays Outrun graphics on live GPS maps.

The GPS software finds the vanishing point of the road and then, in the manner of Google Maps' hybrid setting, puts the Outrun Testarossa and road into the live-action setting. The iPhone's internals keep track of progress and keep the screen moving in 'real-time.'

If you really want to know the rationales, they are the "Un-Simulation of Driving," and "GPS Navigation Parallax & Mixed Reality." Make of those what you will, just know they involve "obfuscation." Sadly, deception and inveigling weren't mentioned. You can check out the video after the jump, which is mostly a guy holding a laptop walking away from the camera. Or you can check out the gallery of images below.



[Source: Concept Lab via GameSetWatch]

OutRun Computer Vision - Walking Test 1 from Garnet Hertz on Vimeo.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      It´s not Outrun if you can´t have the lady besides you.

      anyway... That´s the ultimate geek transportation, but pretty cool nevertheless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      HAHAHA. The dude is from UC Irvine!!! I recognize the new building and the places that he's walking (Ring Road)
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is all kinds of awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like how it shows their imaging system analyzing the lines of the road/hallway... But then has no effect at all on the game screen. Was that the idea, to have it give you a game version of whats really in front of you in real time? Aaaaaaaawesome! But was this test supposed to show that it works? Cause it sure don't.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This video just proved nothing. I like how it was using the walls of the hallway as guidelines to create a track that looked nothing like the walls of the hallway? Also, how is this awesome? They did not create anything like the photoshopped picture or an arcade/vehicle suggested as of yet. That would be much more interesting.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can you do it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, and apparently neither did they.