tracking augmented reality

AR binocular stations


Here’s a good example to show that AR only looks good when done well with eye-popping graphics (not a surprise to anyone, really).

Where as the AR for YanMingYuan – a tourist attraction in China – has the idea and concept of bringing the ruins to life, it looks kind of fake and bordering on the cheesy side…

On the other hand the AR digital binocular station by NZ based MindSpace Solutions looks a bit more appealing (though, why not design the binocular to look more updated if they have to reconstruct it anyway?) and the integration of video content is always nice:

Note that in both cases, since it is using a stationary device, GPS or heavy video feed analysis might not even be needed to assemble this AR experience. As long as the computer knows the position of where the camera is looking (and we can calculate this using a rotary encoder), overlaying video and special fx onto the camera feed should be relatively simple.

November 22nd, 2009

2 Responses

  1. how do you think they achieve the total replacement of visual image with video image? pepper’s ghost with a dimmer on the light?

    both are pretty gimmicky, but pretty fun…too bad the tech has to be so prominent. i guess that’s increasingly the state of edutainment centers these days.


    23 Nov 09 at 9:19 pm

  2. i think the replacement is done in software, i.e. you only see the video replacement on the little screen that the binocular is looking at.


    3 Dec 09 at 10:53 am

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