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Augmatic open source repository

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I’m a big advocate of open source. Sharing your work can improve the software, the community and your Karma levels. It’s also a great way to give back to the giants whose shoulders we stand on.

I’ve decided to go open source with all of my FLAR work to date*. This body of work can be found at the Augmatic Google code repository. There are almost 20 FLAR projects here including:

AR Business card
E Sting submission
Augmented Ribbons
Wallpaper AR Issue
Damashek AR Xmas Card
Fractal’10 Ident

I hope they come in handy for those learning AR and 3D in Flash. Make sure you do the right thing though. Simply changing a couple of colours and reselling my hard work is not the done thing.

If anyone manages to improve any of these projects, please let me know and I’ll update them with full credit.

*This doesn’t include the LearnAR project as the client purchased an ARToolworks licence.

Fractal’10 AR Ident

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This application was built to showcase the Fracal’10 conference in Colombia which I will be speaking at later this month.

The strapline of the event is “Reinventing the world through Fiction, Art, Science and Technology”. I wanted to incorporate these themes in an original and playful manner that would suit my talk – “Telling stories with Augmented Reality”.

I’ve created a fragmented Anamorphic distortion which invites the user to traverse the themes of the event. The fabulously talented Juliet Lall created a series of illustrations which are fractured and scattered in 3D space. The user must rotate the marker to reveal these images before moving onto the next.

Click here to interact with it. You can download the marker here.

I will be releasing the source code for this application closer to the event.

LearnAR – eLearning with Augmented Reality

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LearnAR is a new learning tool that brings investigative, interactive and independent learning to life using Augmented Reality. It is a pack of ten curriculum resources for teachers and students to explore by combining the real world with virtual content using a web cam. The resource pack consists of interactive learning activities across English, maths, science, RE, physical education and languages that bring a wow-factor to the curriculum.

This is the biggest project that Augmatic has been involved with, and certainly one of the most rewarding to date. It’s great to work on a project that will be put to such good use rather than the usual aesthetics based marketing tools.

If you would like to purchase LearnAR for your school or would just like more information visit the SSAT LearnAR page.

If you would like to demo one of the application (The Biology organs app) visit the LearnAR Demo page.

Damashek AR Xmas Card

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This is one of Augmatic’s latest AR applications. The guys at Damashek Consulting are well known for their interactive Christmas card applications. For Christmas 2009 they wanted to build upon their success and include an Augmented Reality element in the form of a secret ending which the user must ‘unlock’.

The card is set in a beautifully illustrated steam punk themed toy shop. The user is invited to explore and interact with the objects in the store to reveal the stunning animations. Once they find the portal, they are taken to the Augmented Reality application. A metal orb appears on the marker. Interacting with it will result in a variety of effects such as a snow storm, a 3D electric node garden and a holiday message.

You can interact with it here.

**** SPOILER ALERT ****
You can get to the AR application by dragging the battery from the table into the zeppelin.

Wallpaper Augmented Reality Issue

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I was approached a short while ago to produce some AR applications for the prestigious design magazine Wallpaper, for their first AR issue. I couldn’t do this through Augmatic so I passed it on to Skive (day job) and worked on the project there. This was a collaborative effort between Skive, Blinkart (Direction) and Glassworks (3D modelling).

Most of the applications were built at Skive but you might recognise a couple of them from my personal collection.

If you would like to interact with these apps, buy the magazine and go here (or you could probably just sneakily download and print a few of the markers from the page).

LFPUG presentation resources

I just presented an introduction to FLAR at the London Flash Platform Users Group (LFPUG). Definitely my best talk so far.

As promised here are the resources and examples mentioned in the talk, along with the source code and slideshow (Keynote and PDF):

Libraries:
FLARToolkit
FLARToolkit – Alchemy branch
FLARManager
Flare – Natural Feature Tracking
FlashSURF – natural feature tracking
Studierstube
HiSlope – Face Tracking

Examples:
IQ Toyota AR Tech
Ray Bans Virtual Mirror
GE Smart Grid by North Kingdom
Red Bulletin magazine – Print 2.0
Julian Perretta’s Ride My Star AR music Video by ZeroFractal
Seb Lee-Delisle’s Wormhole
5Gum Mixer by Exposure
Virtual Box Simulator by AKQA
Virtual Dressing Room by Zugara
New Year Greetings Card by AID-DC and Katamari

Resources:
Flartoolkit docs
FLARToolkit userz group
FLARManager video tutorial

Licensing:
ARToolworks

Tools:
Online Marker Generator
Blender
Blender AS3 Export Plugin

Source:
Source code
Marker

Slideshow:
Slideshow (Keynote)
Slideshow (PDF)

Augmented Ribbons

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Here I’ve combined 2 reoccurring themes that run throughout my work – Augmented Reality and ribbons. It is an evolution of the particle trails code from AR Particle Beam. Initially I wanted to create a flocking effect for the ribbons, but didn’t quite get that far and ended up cheating. This will be the next step.

Check back soon to interact with the application. And I should also be releasing the source for this at some stage in the near future.

AR E Sting submission

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The UK TV channel e4 is holding a competition to create E Stings. I suspect most of you don’t know what an E Sting is – I was one of you a few months ago. They are the short animated clips that appear between programs and adverts.

A team of us came together and this is what we have created.

It was Lee Daley who suggested we make an AR entry. He also did the 3D work. Since then my fiance Juliet Lall has graced the project with some illustrations and Rakesh Mistry has taken control of the video production. I did all the Flash development and took the role of project leader.

15 E Stings will make it on-air and there have been over 750 entries. Let’s hope the lure of a free AR application will improve my chances!






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