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Known for its mind-blowing and spectacular inventions, Japan has created a new way to cure boredom on long commutes with their Touch the Train Window augmented reality feature.
For being such a small country, Japan has packed a lot of ingenious ideas with tremendous attention to the details and nuances in life. Train rides can be quite long, weaving around and under mountains, which is where Touch the Train Window comes in. Using Microsoft Kinect technology, a GPS tracker, projector, iPhone and some efficient programming, the augmented reality feature is able to change in real time based on what the passenger taps. The images displayed seamlessly integrate into the scenery outside, making it seem as if the hot air balloons, airplanes and cyclists are just outside the window.