GE Smart Grid Augmented Reality and FLArToolkit

Friday, March 6th, 2009 | Business | by

If you haven’t seen the many internet postings about the website, check out the video below.  Even better, if you have a camera and a printer handy, check out GE Smart Grid Augmented Reality. The reason being the “cool” part about the site is the ability to put it’s 3d animation in your “hands” through your web camera.  Just print out the pattern, and you can do it.

The more interesting part is: how do they do it?

We had posted an article on this technology back in December, Papervision Augmented Reality.  Look familiar now?  It’s pretty easy to see that this is the same core technology.  I can’t say for sure whether they use the FLARToolkit and Papervision (which the original post described) but if they didn’t, there are 2 similiar tools.  

The greatest thing about this, is that this is only the beginning.  I have many ideas for commercial applications with this technology (which I won’t share, because I can make money off that… send me an email if you want to discuss this privately).  I’m sure you can come up with a few on your own.

Watch the video, it will probably bring everything together.  Great job GE in taking a publically available technology, and “finishing” the idea with some nice execution.

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