Friday, November 2, 2012

Selltic Augmented Reality Renault Clio 4

Selltic Augmented Reality Renault Clio 4 from diotasoft on Vimeo.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012


If you still don't know waht AR could be good for. BlippAR presents some nice ideas.

Monday, May 7, 2012

MUSTARD - Managing occlusions between real and virtual objects

Interesting paper on augment reality display that can handle occlusions between real and virtual objects presented at CHI 2012.

MUSTARD: Multi User See Through Augmented Reality Display

"We present MUSTARD, a multi-user dynamic random hole see-through display, capable of delivering viewer dependent information for objects behind a glass cabinet. Multiple viewers are allowed to observe both the physical object(s) being augmented and their location dependent annotations at the same time. The system consists of two liquid-crystal (LC) panels within which physical objects can be placed. The back LC panel serves as a dynamic mask while the front panel serves as the data. We first describe the principle of MUSTARD and then examine various functions that can be used to minimize crosstalk between multiple viewer positions. We compare different conflict management strategies using PSNR and the quality mean opinion score of HDR-VDP2. Finally, through a user- study we show that users can clearly identify images and objects even when the images are shown with strong conflicting regions; demonstrating that our system works even in the most extreme of circumstances."

Touché - detecting complex gestures though multifrequency analysis

Great work by Disney Research on detecting gestures by analyzing a large spectrum of frequencies from capacitive sensing.

Touché: Enhancing Touch Interaction on Humans, Screens, Liquids, and Everyday Objects

"Touché proposes a novel Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing technique that can not only detect a touch event, but also recognize complex configurations of the human hands and body. Such contextual information significantly enhances touch interaction in a broad range of applications, from conventional touchscreens to unique contexts and materials. For example, in our explorations we add touch and gesture sensitivity to the human body and liquids. We demonstrate the rich capabilities of Touché with five example setups from different application domains and conduct experimental studies that show gesture classification accuracies of 99% are achievable with our technology."

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sony UK presents its markerless tracking technology Magnat for PS Vita at GDC 2012

At GDC 2012 Sony UK has presented its new markerless tracking technology for PS Vita called Magnat. The technique allows to track basically any textured 3D environment.

The algorithm is able to initialize itself without any need of markers or pre-learning phase. It is also able to detect planar surfaces in the cloud of reconstructed 3D points. This allows the user to add 3D objects interactively.

Since those planar surfaces can easily be triangulated and the corresponding real video texture is known, they are able to deform these surfaces and render them for example liquid. See the second video for this nice effect.

While I have no further information about the actual algorithm that is used by Magnat, my first guess would be a variation of the popular Parallel Tracking and Mapping approach presented by Klein in 2007.

more videos after the break

Monday, March 5, 2012