In this third tutorial of the series, we’ll get down to the real meat of this new augmented reality technology: adding animations to your models. In the previous post, I talked about how to import a 3D mesh from the mesh store and how to map our camera to the mesh. We also talked about how to add basic lighting and depth map details. This post covers the last of those basic requirements – rendering a scene with a rendered 3D image of whatever our mesh is. To help us out, I’ve been using the Facebook Photoshop Elements 7 program on my iPad.
It’s a fairly standard program, so it’s really nothing special – but it does have a few useful features. First of all, Elements offers a feature called motion detection. This allows you to create shadows and reflections on your 3d models by moving your mouse cursor over them. So, to create a quick and easy way to create a shadow on our car, simply move our mouse cursor over the front tires and let the motion detection function take care of the rest.
Another useful feature is the ability to “zoom in” on areas of your scene by using the dragging and dropping of your mouse buttons. You can do this to zoom in on an entire street level or to zoom in on a specific part of your virtual city. The neat thing about this is that you actually see the cars approaching as they approach your location in the real world. If your camera has adjustable focus, this can be a very powerful augmented reality feature that makes your world look pretty good.
In addition to these advanced features, there are some easy to use tools that you can use with Elements. If you want to add another layer of design detail to your car, or to make your model more realistic, Elements has a built-in import and export tool that make it easy to share your work with other folks. This feature is great for getting ideas for your next car design. Or, if you’re looking for a quick way to add a few cars on a page, then exporting your work to a flash program like Photoshop is a great way to get a quick view of your work. After exporting your work to Flash, you can immediately see your changes on your phone or tablet screen.
Elements offers a few different ways to export your models. If you’d prefer to create a PDF file of your model, then Elements has a free tool called ePubool that will export your work in this format. Or, if you’d rather export your model in the bulk file format (many people prefer this), then Elements has an exporting tool for you called FlexiPDF. For more information about exporting your models, check out the “exporting formats” section at the website. There are also a few cool features available on the “exporting formats” page that will make your life easier when sending your models to clients or interested parties. If you’re not sure how to use these features, check out the” exporting tools” section at the element’s website.
For added interactivity and depth, the mobile apps available for Elements give you access to everything that you need to create a custom scene right on your phone. You can instantly add a car, pedestrians, animals, lights, or anything else that you can imagine in order to fully customize your arb. The ability to play with your scenes and really build them to reflect your unique image is one of the most exciting parts of learning about 3d augmented reality models. With the right app, you can truly capture the world around you and turn it into something real.
3d augmented reality is also used in education. Schools have long been using AR technology to enhance learning and interactivity. Adding digital elements to the physical classroom makes it more interesting and engaging for students. AR allows teachers to show student graphs, change the size of text-overs, place other students in specific locations, and respond to student inquiries in real time. This allows the physical classroom to be incorporated into the modern learning environment at schools, which is a huge benefit in today’s world.
In business, augmented reality can really help your bottom line. Think about how much time you spend in front of your computer trying to find a particular product on the shelf, then researching it online to see if it has any benefits to you. By placing your image into the virtual content of the product you’re searching for, you can instantly see all of the relevant information right in front of you. This allows you to spend less time searching for the real-world equivalent and more time actually buying the product that you’re looking for. Plus, by adding a 3d image of yourself into the virtual content, it becomes even more convincing that you’re looking at the real-world product, since the image of your face appears so lifelike in the virtual world.