Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Augmented Reality Christmas Card

For the last couple months we here at the basement have been testing and experimenting with augmented reality. Boy can it be finicky!!! We've definitely learned a LOT as a team about the capabilities and limitations of AR.

Today we are finally sending out our Holiday Greeting. If you have a webcam, it's a fun little thing to play with. Following the steps, print out the symbol and point your webcam at it. You should see a 3d stage and a couple characters pop up on top of the print out. You can move the print out around and look at the characters from all angles, or there are 3 songs that you can choose from and the characters will sing to you.

If you don't have a webcam, you can still see what the buzz is about by clicking on the link at the top of the page. It will take you to a video that will show you what we've done. There is so much more to write about this project, but no time for that now. Great work Basement Team! It's been a fun challenge!

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope that your holidays are bright!


Scarface said...

Hi, That's pretty neat, I am currently doing some augmented reality stuff for my project. and its realllllly finicky. I could use some advice and help from you. I see that you were using the AR toolkit. Please let me know what you developement environment you used. My e-mail is

Thank you for your time

Ickydime said...


We used FLARToolkit to do the heavy lifting. The Flash IDE to compile and the Flex Eclipse Plugin for coding.

You can find more info on saqoosha's Flash port of the AR Toolkit here:

tweenOut said...


Along with @ickydime's comment we also used Papervision3D 2 as the 3D engine. Hope that helped a little.

A good tutorial on this was done by Lee Brimelow and you can find it here. Lee's tutorial