AR with FLARToolKit

Augmented Reality in practiceYesterday I gave you an introduction to AR (Augmented Reality) and what is possible with this technology. Today I want to introduce you to FLARtoolKit. FLARToolKit is an ActionScript 3 port of the open source library ARToolKit with which you can build your own AR applications. With FLARToolKit you can build easily great AR applications using Flash/Flex in combination with you favorite 3D Flash Engine which means that thanks to Saqoosha, a Japanese coder, we can experience beautiful AR in our browsers. View Saqoosha’s new year’s greetings in the video or print out a marker and try it yourself.

In the next few weeks I will try myself on the FLARTToolKit and post some examples on how to build AR applications with Flex and Papervision3D.

Enjoy

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Finially… After a long long period of silence I got myself back together and now I’ll start to write again.

A few months ago I started to develop with Adobe Flex. Quite interesting and sort of easy to use but I got really interested when I stumbled upon Away3D and Papervision3D. Those two are 3D engines for Flash… yes… 3D and not like the good old Shockwave Flash. No, fully fledged “high” performance 3D engines even suitable to program little games with them. I was amazed by the capabilities of those two engines and directly dove into developing small test applications and I am currently working on two websites using Papervision3D.

I will post more in the next few weeks about my progress in developing those two applications but in the meantime you can check out some really cool websites developed with PPV3D and Away3D:

Away3D


Eminem’s new album has broken records, and this amazing interactive adventure website lets you discover and immerse yourself in Eminem’s sick musical world.

Some superb 3D User Interface ideas can be seen at AIRFORCE.com’s Supercar site.

Powerflasher’s “PDF Book 3D” tool uses Away3D to breathe fresh air into your run-of-the-mill 2D page flip book viewer

Papervision3D

Nascar and the United States Air Force, the work was performed for GSD&M Idea City out of Austin, Texas.

Site for a band that already broke up in 1986