This is an augmented reality snakeball game I wrote using C++, the OpenCV library and OpenGL. It can be played on Linux using a web camera and a flashlight. Better to turn off light sources brighter than the flashlight while playing!

A video of the game where I collect balls that appear at random screen positions using a flashlight. Looking at the screen is like looking at a "mirror" where balls appear:

Hack explained:

The program communicates with the user's web camera and takes frames periodically. A copy of each frame is mirrored to be used as the background image (so that the user has the impression that he/she sees himself/herself in the mirror while looking at the screen). The frame is then converted to grayscale. A Gaussian filter and a threshold are applied in order to get a binary image with white "blobs" for the light sources and the lighted surfaces. Assuming that the flashlight is the largest blob on the frame (since the room is dark and we don't use other brighter or closer to the camera light sources) we calculate the largest blob's AABB and use the position of its center point as the mouse pointer position.

For the rendering part, spheres are rendered in random positions in front of the textured quad on which the rotated current frame appears. Every time that a change occurs in the texture (current frame) we test for intersections between a sphere and the pointer. When an intersection occurs the sphere is "collected" and rendered behind the others that follow the pointer.

A version of the source code that runs on Linux (might not work with all cameras) can be downloaded from here. It needs OpenCV and its dependencies to compile properly.