The VTT Technical Research Center of Finland has been developing augmented reality (AR) technology, which superimposes digital information in the user's view, and uses real-time video images and three-dimensional (3-D) virtual objects.
In the case of Dibidogs, animated puppies created by Finnish and Chinese children, the user is viewing a magazine via a Webcam and PC display. The 3-D character can act and react in various ways based on the movement of the Webcam. A marker printed on the magazine can be copied and enlarged, which enables the user to play and interact with the Dibidog in a larger space. The applications require a Windows PC that is suitable for 3-D games and a Webcam.
"What makes Dibidogs unique is the use of animated 3-D computer graphics and, in particular, the interaction between the user and the 3-D character," says VTT professor Charles Woodward. VTT focuses on applying AR technologies to fields such as interior design, construction, industrial applications, and virtual video conferences.
From VTT Technical Research Center
View Full Article
Abstracts Copyright © 2010 Information Inc., Bethesda, Maryland, USA
No entries found