Last February I built a working mock-up of what I hope will eventually be an augmented reality greeting card-creating web application. Currently the site has only one greeting card and there is no functionality to create new card designs. It was a project I originally took on to explore building Flex applications using the AR toolkit. It was also an opportunity to design a unique web application interface. The idea that inspired the project was the possibility of creating a web application that would make it easy for anybody to easily create augmented reality content. It’s an idea that has kept me interested in the project ever since, even though I am stumped by the technical problems that stand in the way. I believe that if creating AR content was made simple the web community would invent useful, entertaining and social applications for the technology. In July I presented the presentation above at a Spoilrr Meet-Up about what I’ve built so far and where I’d like the project to go from here.
If you’d like to check out my 3DeeCards site you can see it live at:3DeeCards.com, and if you have any questions or if you’d be interested in collaborating on a new version of the project, please contact me.
Helvetica Neue is an attractive, versatile font, but have you ever tried to use it on a Mac running Leopard? How about sending print-ready PDF files using Helvetica Neue to a printer? In order to fix the font conflicts and create PDFs that didn’t drop apostrophes I deleted all my Postscript versions of Helvetica Neue and used Odystar PDF settings to export print-read PDFs from InDesign. This might not be the only solution, but it worked for my situation. Switching to Adobe’s OpenType version might also work too.
CS5 is out and it has fully adopted Cocoa, which means it should perform faster than CS3 or CS4 on a Mac, but there are non-Adobe options for image editing and web development that been running well on Macs for years. I have tried Pixelmator and Coda and I am impressed with both. Although Pixelmator lacks some important Photoshop features, it’s a much faster and leaner image editing application. Coda vs. Dreamweaver is a completely different situation. Coda is leaner and easier to use than Dreamweaver and I don’t think I’m ever going to go back. I’m particularly impressed because Coda incorporates Webkit into it’s preview mode, a property inspector that resembles Firebug and also provides built-in language documentation. And for $99 (Coda) and $59 (Pixelmator) they’re worth considering.
This site is truly amazing. Wonderfl is an online ActionScript compiler with an interface that encourages code-sharing. It’s an online community for ActionScript developers. The game above is as sophisticated as the old arcade game that inspired it and you can peek under the hood at the code that makes it work ( to play us the move;arrow or wasd/shot;ctrl,z,n/slow;shift,x,m). The projects on Wonderfl currently shared range from simulations, experiments to games but there’s no limit to the kinds of Flash apps that could be collaboratively developed on the site.
This is absolutely incredible, being able to make a copy of anything so quickly will revolutionize how 3D models are built. This 3D scanner is another development that will interface the virtual and physical world. Functional AR applications that recognize gestures and respond to GPS coordinates presage a natural user interface that will eventually make mouses and keyboards obsolete and blur the boundary between the real and the virtual. There will be all sorts of ways to leverage 3D scanning technology, but the most important will be those that will advance science, medicine, education and communication. Maybe researchers will use it to scan and share important artifacts. Crime scene investigators could use it to share data more quickly with the lab. Maybe it could help doctors diagnose patients from far away.
E-cards can be kind of cheesy and paper cards are a little…flat. That’s why I created a web app called 3DeeCards that lets you create a card with a 3D augmented reality object inside that you can print out and send to a friend. I came up with the concept, developed the logo and designed and developed the website. I used CS3, Flash and Flex 3 using Papervision3D and the Flash Augmented Reality Toolkit and got a lot of help from tutorials on gotoandlearn and Miko Happoja’s blog. Right now there’s only one card design but if anybody reading this has got an idea for a 3d card I’d like to add it to the site. Drop a comment or send me an email. Check it out and send somebody a 3DeeCard!
We go into a store, we get what we need and then we’re on our way. Very few of us stop and get to know the people who help us behind the counter. Corner Store is a documentary that tells the story of one particular corner store in San Francisco and its proprietor. I created this little mircosite to help promote the film. Hopefully it will be on the film festival circuit soon please check it out.
When a movie is being made, and a landscape, set or location proves too difficult or too expensive to shoot, matte artists create matte paintings to fill the frame. Traditionally artists painted scenes on glass backdrops that extended a live action scene. Today they work in Photoshop, creating digital paintings that often include 3d models. The final art is added to the movie using compositing software like AfterEffects. Matte painters are part comp artist, part fine artist, part designer and sometimes part 3d modeler. They’re close to the creative development process of the film, sometimes creating concept art for the film’s director in the beginning stages and eventually creating finished matte paintings that become part of the special effects. A whole bunch of matte painter’s portfolio sites are in the old Yahoo! directory.