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Today is the day that Esquire’s Augmented Reality application hits newstands. Using a software download and image codes in the magazine, you can get a dose of AR. It’s an interesting concept although I’m not sure it adds value just yet. Still, when I saw a […]

Today is the day that Esquire’s Augmented Reality application hits newstands. Using a software download and image codes in the magazine, you can get a dose of AR. It’s an interesting concept although I’m not sure it adds value just yet. Still, when I saw a video demonstration of it, I thought was pretty wild to see. And then I got to thinking — if the software keys off of a simple black and white image in front of a webcam, could I duplicate the effect with a quick drawing?

Sure enough, my first attempt — which isn’t even all that neat of a drawing — did the trick as I tried it on camera. In the video you’ll see the Esquire AR software pick up my hand drawn image, which is really just an 8 x 8 set of cubes. There’s a little meter in the AR software to show how well it’s tracking the AR image and my sketch is getting 100%! I like how you can turn and tilt the AR code and the software moves the images to match on screen. Chalk this one up with the remote controlling a car with an iPhone bit — it’s not very valuable, but it was fun to try! ;) I may have to run out and buy the magazine to see what other AR bits they have.

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  1. Awesome!! I really want to try this! If you don’t mind could you please share that paper? or send me an email?

  2. You could use the BCH markers that comes with the ARtoolkit for this. I can dig up which BCH markers they are using and email to you :p

    It will help you the trouble of drawing and running to buy to see the AR. If you want to buy to read it sure go ahead. I was not aware of this mag until the AR, but heard its a good mag.

  3. Thank you for the information :) That’s much more professional than I tried. What I tried was using the cover paper printed from Esquire’s website. It worked as well!

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