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Augmented Reality: Full Moon


An augmented reality project using Blender in the workflow.

ekakiya writes:

We exhibited an AR animation at Tokyo Graphic Passport 2011 at Centre Pompidou. The modeling and animation were all done with Blender,Rigged with Rigify. Then imported to Unity,executed on ipad2.

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Interesting animation and idea. 

    I have to admit - while the whole "augmented  reality" is kind of neat .. what's the point really? I guess I just feel I need some reason for doing something. Something more than "it's the cool thing" or whatever. 

    Again, this is interesting. Not sure why the Sailor Moon wannabe killed a Pokemon wannabe in a splatter of melted play-dough but hey ... I'm sure she has her reasons.

    • Josh Strawbridge on

      this is more of an entertainment use of augmented reality.

      you could say "what's the point really?" to pretty much any entertainment. it doesn't mean the technology has no point. it just depends on what you do with the technology.

    • It's like one step closer to holograms in it's own special way. The firsts of most technologies usually don't take full advantage of the medium.

    • The aspect in psychology interests me, why somebody asks a question where you clearly recognize by the pattern of sentence structure that the one asking is not actually looking for an answer for the direct subject of the question itself.
      One assumption could be that comment itself originates in simple boredom and upon that is filled with criticizing stereotypes as subconscious reaction to the unsatisfying news-content, that does not match personal interest.
      Not clear is the origin, cultural? Intellectual? Social? Which has had the strongest impact on comments content?

  2. I see a lot of use in augmented reality as a way to analyze systems. For instance, an astronaut repairs the space station, he can use an iPad like device to read off all the information or something like that. Very futuristic, but plausible.

  3. One thing augmented reality could do is in star trek type stuff in the medical field, suppose there's a scanner of some sort (cat scan or something), instead of looking on a screen at what's going on, they could just hold up the screen or projector to the patient and basically look at the insides, setting color coding and all sorts of stuff B) just one idea. also in fields where looking thru stuff is useful like underground piping and plumbing and stuff like that. there's a whole world of usefullness to this stuff in real world application.

  4. Augmented reality is used by BMW to let mechanics know what part they have to mount / unmount next, to get to a certan part.
    Some Architects use it to have a visualisation on the exact spot where the building or structure will be.
    I am sure time will unveil a lot of other uses....

  5. Evil_Moon_Moose on

    how about this as a use: An advertisement poster is posted all over the world. Users can take their video screening tablet, and then put the video over the advertisement, and when the actual users focus on the advertisement with say, an Ipad, they can see more details about it, when the movie or band is playing, an in depth look at the band.

    This could be really useful to reduce the amount of clutter on posters and such. People could just put amazing art, and then have all the information in an app. Like an exclusive invitation. 

    I dont know, I just see this as being a way to put more artists in the field, and producing more jobs for people. I mean think about how many artists will be needed to create this little virtual playbacks, and on top of that, the artists needed to create the artwork on the poster. 

    A whole industry could rise around this, if someone were to release the notes on it, and how to implement it.

  6. Dear Japan, WTF?  Sincerely, the rest of the world.

    Just kidding.  It's cool to see things progress and grow, but the little girl with the knife mixed with the music was a little terrifying.

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