Aurasma is a a forthcoming iPhone app that has the power to turn ink-and-paper publications into interactive mine fields. Aurasma, conceived by enterprise software firm Autonomy, uses a scaled down version of the outfit’s IDOL pattern recognizer to identify images stored in a vast database, and then converts those images into related video.
It also allows virtual objects to interact with real ones, such as a cartoon character walking through he door of a real building.
Unfortunately, the first release of the app, scheduled for sometime next month, comes in the form of an AR advertisement / game for an unidentified upcoming movie, and the company’s founder seems solidly focused on the technology’s marketing potential. No word yet on when it come to life.