Can it be real? Augmented reality melds work, play

photo Mark Skwarek, CEO of Semblance Augmented Reality, wears a pair of the Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses, which are used to play the Augmented Reality app video game. Using a trackpad wired to the glasses, players can use their surroundings as the backdrop for the game which features characters like King Kong and Godzilla.

NEW YORK - Mark Skwarek is surrounded by infiltrating militants in New York's Central Park. He shoots one, then hearing a noise from behind, spins to take down another. All of a sudden, everything flashes red. He realizes he's been hit. The words "Game Over" appear before his eyes.

Skwarek is indeed in Central Park. But he's wearing a new set of Epson Moverio B200 glasses that allow an entire world of virtual characters, objects and structures to overlay and interact with his real environment through so-called "augmented reality."