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Fiducials get a make-over in d-touch

Augmented reality type apps are what all the cool geeks are doing it seems. I mean the apps that use a video camera to recognise certain symbols (aka fiducials) and then overlay additional virtual content. Like this prototype I built.

I think there’s real space for interesting apps here. The technology has been getting better and more accesible for a while. One remaining constraint though is that the markers came in very computery designs and there wasn’t much you could do to get around that. The software systems depended on very formula-based symbols, which might be great for computer vision but didn’t leave much aesthetic control with the creator.

Things are changing for the better though on that front too. As this article explains the d-touch marker recognition system is now much more flexible in terms of the markers it will recognise. For example the speech bubble image here is recognisable to the system, a big improvement from the more typical amoeba style blob shown above it.

I’m going to play with some prototype ideas I have for using this new system, so hopefully will be able to kick out some stuff soon.

Geeky d-touch setup details
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Written by Patrick Dinnen

August 20th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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