ARTag

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An ARTag is a fiduciary marker system to support augmented reality. They can be used to facilitate the appearance of virtual objects, games, and animations within the real world. Like the earlier ARToolKit system, they allow for video tracking capabilities that calculate a camera's position and orientation relative to physical markers in real time. Once the camera's position is known, a virtual camera can be positioned at the same point, revealing the virtual object at the location of the ARTag. It thus addresses two of the key problems in Augmented Reality: viewpoint tracking and virtual object interaction.

An ARTag appears on the Mars Science Laboratory.[1][2] A similar technique is being used by NASA's Spacecraft 3D smartphone app as an educational outreach tool.[3][4]

ARTag is supported by the open source Goblin XNA software.[5]

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  1. ^ "Image: Mars Curiosity Looks Away from the Sun". SpaceRef - Your Space Reference. 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  2. ^ "Mars Science Laboratory: Participate". NASA JPL. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Nasa's augmented reality app lets you control Curiosity Mars rover". Wired UK. 2012-07-12. Archived from the original on 2012-08-20. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  4. ^ "AR target image: grains from an Oregon sand dune" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  5. ^ "Goblin XNA". Columbia University Computer Graphics & User Interfaces Lab. 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2012-08-09. 

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