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Augmented Reality Brings Dibidogs Alive in 3D

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Dibidog animated characters

Augmented reality technologies will allow users to interact with animated Dibidogs.

Credit: VTT Technical Research Centre

The VTT Technical Research Center of Finland has been developing augmented reality (AR) technology, which superimposes digital information in the user's view, and uses real-time video images and three-dimensional (3-D) virtual objects.

In the case of Dibidogs, animated puppies created by Finnish and Chinese children, the user is viewing a magazine via a Webcam and PC display. The 3-D character can act and react in various ways based on the movement of the Webcam. A marker printed on the magazine can be copied and enlarged, which enables the user to play and interact with the Dibidog in a larger space. The applications require a Windows PC that is suitable for 3-D games and a Webcam.

"What makes Dibidogs unique is the use of animated 3-D computer graphics and, in particular, the interaction between the user and the 3-D character," says VTT professor Charles Woodward. VTT focuses on applying AR technologies to fields such as interior design, construction, industrial applications, and virtual video conferences.

From VTT Technical Research Center
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