AR-vos : Augmented Reality - viewer open source

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Get AR-vos from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

AR-vos enables image trigger, SLAM based, and geolocative augmented reality.

AR-vos uses modern augmented reality technologies in order to provide these image trigger and SLAM based AR capabilities.

AR-vos is part of the ARpoise - Augmented Reality point of interest service environment. On iOS it uses Apple's ARKit and on Android it uses Google's ARCore providing image trigger and SLAM augmented reality, but also allows to view location based augmented reality.

Click here for AR-vos examples. Click here to see example triggers for AR-vos.

Creating an open source Augmented Reality platform

Apple's purchase of the leading augmented reality platform Metaio in 2015 brought AR to the world's attention - and was a total disaster for people who had been using the platform for years and suddenly saw their projects become obsolete.

Although commercial companies will continue to drive the development of cutting edge technical advances in 3d environment mapping and image recognition technology, there are many forms of AR that are relatively simple to implement and are very useful for academic and artistic purposes.

We started the open source augmented reality platform ARpoise to address these issues, beginning with the technically simple GPS based geolocative augmented reality, with the hope of creating a community that will expand on the system to include image-tracking and more technically challenging forms of AR as the technology progresses. AR-vos is now the next step in this development, offering image trigger and SLAM based and geolocated augmented reality.

Want to help develop the platform?

The existing code includes:

  • Unity3d based client software for both Android and iOS devices
  • integration of image trigger and SLAM functionality based on ARKit and ARCore
  • trigger images and 3D content shown are downloaded over the web
  • trigger images and 3D content can be adjusted dynamically
  • back-end web service, implemented in PHP
  • web interface for quick adjustments of AR content in the field on mobile devices

Ideally, it would include these further steps:

  • integration of occlusion functionality based on ARKit and ARCore
  • integration of various glasses

Contact AR-vos/ARpoise project leaders Peter Graf & Tamiko Thiel

Peter Graf is a software developer with over 25 years of experience and a pioneer in web server design - he helped bring the New York Times online for the first time back in 1995. He will consult on and guide further development as a technical advisor.

Tamiko Thiel is an internationally recognized augmented reality artist and co-founder of the legendary augmented reality artist group Manifest.AR. She participated in Manifest.AR's highly regarded guerrilla AR intervention into the Museum of Modern Art New York in 2010, and led their guerrilla intervention into the Venice Biennale in 2011 (See excerpt from Whitney Museum New Media Curator Christiane Paul's reference book Digital Art). Her official participations and commissions include venues such the Istanbul Biennale (official parallel project), the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, FACT Liverpool, Ars Electronica, the Zero1 Biennial in Silicon Valley, the Seattle Art Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She has taught AR as an art form at the Berlin University of the Arts (Germany), Duke University (USA), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and the University of Art and Design Linz (Austria). As the head of packaging design for Thinking Machines Corporation in the mid-1980s she is on the Honor Roll of the IT History Society for the visual form of the Connection Machine CM-1/CM-2 and a co-holder of TMC's patent for a "Method for Interconnecting Processors in Hyper-Dimensional Array" for the Connection Machine CM-1 parallel supercomputer. One of the few surviving CM-2s is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She will accompany the development process as advisor in the areas of functionality and user interface.

The ARpoise project has been included in the GitHub Arctic Code Vault, see

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