[NetBehaviour] New augmented reality app unleashes your inner artist.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Apr 11 11:13:23 CEST 2011
One hopes a technology as potentially cool as augmented reality (AR)
will not just belong to advertisers seeking to influence our decisions,
or the police in need of ever better ways of tracking us. A new AR
iPhone app shows one way the technology might go: it could turn the
world into a massive user generated virtual art gallery.
Artists in recent years have embraced AR, creating everything from
hyper-real storybooks, to clever ways of removing annoying corporate
logos from your surroundings. These projects typically require a good
deal of technical skill, though, before one can create anything interesting.
Konstruct, a new free iPhone app from London-based AR-developer James
Alliban, makes creating virtual sculptures as easy as speaking into the
phone. The app uses an existing vision tracking system in combination
with a printable marker -- a piece of paper with a specific pattern that
the software recognizes. You put the marker wherever you want the
sculpture to exist, start the app, then speak into your phone's
microphone to create 3D objects in the scene. There are different
settings for color schemes and shapes. As long as the marker is
onscreen, the app allows the user to keep refining the sculpture.
More information about the NetBehaviour