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Augmented Reality on N900 – proof of concept

21 June 2010Entry by

Some time ago I’ve mentioned new ways of interaction with Nokia N900 with camera and face tracking. This time we can check ourselves how to use N900 and augmented reality, really nice concept of interaction with virtual items visible on device’s screen.

Augmented reality is technique that allows to enrich real space around us with virtual objects, which are visible using camera and screen of some sort. Such technology gives lots of possibilities of creating applications, like games of interacting with virtual objects and characters, or more practical like viewing meal from menu in restaurant as virtual 3D object.

Augmented reality application tag

Augmented reality application tag

Augmented reality application view

Augmented reality application view

After I’ve found information that objects appear on top of real 2D tags that can be downloaded and printed I wanted to test it ASAP, so I’ve drawn one tag on piece of paper hoping it will work and my hopes were fulfilled, on N900 screen picture on small piece of paper grew to a house! Later I’ve also tried on laptop screen with both tags and it worked like a charm.

Right now, after such base application appeared there are many possibilities for developers limited only by imagination, mine already created chess set that fits small envelope in form of tags and thanks to similar application becomes a field with fancy figurines.

MJ

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