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    Empower Labs brings augmented reality gaming to India through a mobile app.

    While virtual reality (VR) is now a household name, thanks to devices like Google Glass and Oculus Rift, its cousin concept, augmented reality, is steadily picking up steam. The concept is not new to Chennai though. City-based Vijay Karunakaran’s Ingage Technologies’ two-year-old app, InGage, allows users to interact with their environments in unreal ways. A new version of the app for Ratna Sagar publishing house—will help  children see the pictures in their textbooks come to life.
    Meanwhile, Empower Labs, a year-old startup in Hyderabad, is developing a gaming app called Delta T, perhaps the country’s first. If all goes well, it will be released in a beta format this July. On the flipside, it can be played in India by invite only, while in other countries like New Zealand, where they are also launching, it is open to all. “The large population in India with smartphones is one reason why we made it invite-only, since the concept is not fully developed here,”  says Karthik Chandra Isola, COO.
    Being an MMO game, you can play with anyone from anywhere in the world. MMO stands for Massively Multiplayer Online, which means your real time co-player can even be from New Zealand.
    Isola explains, “Delta T is a time-travel game based in a dystopian futuristic setting, where the future is overrun by mega-corporations. They endow their players with superhuman abilities and weapons to battle it out for global supremacy. The key is to control the outcome of the future by altering the present.”
    Log on to their website and fill up the form to get a chance to be invited. Details: deltatgame.com

    —Karan Pillai

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