Augmented Reality is the latest technology that combines real world with digital world in real time. In this system a 3D model is superimposed on a video feed for producing illusion to ensure that the model is a material object in the real world.
Augment Reality provides huge benefits to the architects as they can bring the 3D models and combine them with video recording and present to the clients by positioning them to the real world.
The users should require a webcam, a printer and have capability to export any 3D model into obj, .wrl or .ase formats. As for example, if the users make a 3D model in Sketchup, 3ds max or other 3d modeling softwares, they can have a glimpse of it on their desk. The users can transform any 3D model in the real world by incorporating Sketchup (free download), an Augmented Reality Plugin (free trial version), and a webcam.
Augment Reality can be applied with a website, presentations, sales pitches, video games and lots other.
Augment Reality can acquire information from what we observe encompassing us and cultivate valuable information from the internet. We see this type of application with Layar. Layar is a browser used for Android Phones which obtains the GPS location of the user and draws information concerning that area and superimposes it on top of cell phone camera feed of the user. The utilization of Augment Reality is also found with Google Goggles. Google Goggles is an application for Android Phones through which the users will be able to surf the web with the photos already snapped on your mobile. In order to apply it, just open the Goggles app on your phone, snap a photo of that picture, and get search results all about it.
There are lots of plugins based on Augmented Reality. ARmedia is the most wonderful plugin for Trimble Sketchup. The Development Lab of Inglobe Technologies has developed this plugin.
With ARmedia plugin, the sketchup users can envisage their 3D models beyond the digital workspace directly on their desktop as well as in the real physical world encircling them by linking through a webcam and by printing an appropriate code.
By applying the Exporting feature, the augment reality files can be generated and distributed separately and envisioned on any computer with the freely accessible AR-media™ Player. The process can also be executed if the sketchup as well as ARmedia plugin is not installed. The users will be able to produce their own SketchUp™ Augmented Reality models and allocate them to their clients as autonomous, stand-alone files and allow their clients experience such models in Augmented Reality.
The AR-media™ Plugin comes up with a highly developed visualization functionality which brings the following benefits:
In order to activate AR-media™ Plugin, the users should require a individual computer, a webcam and a printed code affixed to the software. Various types of Head Mounted Displays, including eMagin, i-glasses™ are also supported.
The latest version AR-media™ Plugin v2.3 was released in September 2013. It is free and compatible with both Windows® XP/Vista/7/8 as well as Mac OS X 10.5 and later (Intel).
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Key features available in the most updated version: