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Nov 28 2008

A Sneak Peek at ARf, an AR Virtual Pet game for the iPhone

We’ve been working on an AR virtual pet game on the iPhone;  it won’t be ready to release for a while, both because it’s not done, but also because Apple doesn’t have an official API for camera access (preventing us from putting this on the store).

Right now, this is mostly an experiment with different kinds of interactions the game might use, as well as testing the AR technology.  So, you can use the touch screen to direct ARf around, touch him and scratch him.  Since there is a lot of interest in AR and games on the iPhone, we wanted to show folks what we’re up to and some of what’s possible.

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  1. chusky

    Arf, the app i am looking for. Every nights before to shut off my mac, i search in google : augmented reality iphone.
    Today my dreams seems come true. Cant wait to try it 😛 Hope yo see it soon on cydia 🙂
    Great job !

  2. admin

    Thanks for your kind words.

    Alas, I doubt we’ll ever do anything with cracked phones … if anything, I’m much more interested in creating free apps that we can give away on the iTunes store (once their is a “approved” method of getting at the camera). It’ll provide an amazing way to do some “large scale” user and game concept testing!

  3. robert

    Will there be an open source publishing of your code or parts of your code?

  4. admin

    At some point, but not very soon. First, not all of the code we are using is freely distributable (e.g., StbTracker). Second, we’d like to finish the “game” and evaluate it before making it available. This will all happen over the next year.

  5. mathsniper

    hi blair, how did you get the source code of stbTracker?
    I have a problem of developing cell phone program using artoolkit.

  6. admin

    We are collaborating with the folks at Graz and Imagination on some projects, so we are lucky enough to have some of their software.

    It is for sale; you can find out more by going to http://www.imagination.at/

  7. Stephenie

    Good words.

  8. Jose

    Nice Job!
    How did you get access to the iphone camera? I’m want to try some of my homemade ARToolkit apps on the iphone but I couldn’t access the cam 🙁

  9. The Virtual Games

    Virtual pets and toys market is growing. It’ll be even more powerfull in the future.

  10. rassall

    Hello,

    How I settings arttolkitplus s60 library,path to carbide c++ 2.0? I can’t able to run simple cube ar program into carbide c++ 2.0? tnay suggestion/any procrdure..i have already installed SDK,Carbide c++ 2.0 also dowanload cartoolkitplus S60.plz suggest me….

  11. Martin Hemmer

    one more nice topic in your blog and nice comments too keep it up, by the way Graz is a very lovely city I enjoyed it so much

  12. Timi Stoop-Alcala

    this is awesome! you know the first thing that came to my mind was that i wish i could play again with my departed cats via this game. not trying to do a pet cemetery here, but i really think a feature like that would make this even more valuable for a lot of people. if there was some way to create the pets based on our real pets’ image then it would be like taking care of our demised pets even if only in the virtual world.

  13. Vinny

    I love this game lol its sooo cool

  14. Matt

    Great application.

    I’m curious if development work is still active, and if so, what technique you are using to access the live camera feed on the iphone. The current API still does not appear to allow direct live camera access, but you mention you’re using a non-jailbroken phone.

    Thanks!

  15. Joost

    I’m also curious.. should be able to port it to the current iPhone API? Any progress on this project still.. drop me a line!

    1. admin

      No, you can’t port to the current SDK. It allows graphics to be overlaid on video, but not to access the video. So, we can’t do computer vision on the markers to find out where they are.

  16. Aubrey

    That was awesome! I saw a site the other day that was doing this with famous places – so if you hover over where the beatles crossed that road, it’d pop up with that photo of them and give you more information about it.

  17. vala

    So, you can use the touch screen to direct ARf around, touch him and scratch him?

    1. admin

      That’s the idea; you use the touch screen for interaction. It really only scratches the surface of what would be possible with this approach, but I think it’s a fun example.

  18. Jorge Bretones

    Hi,
    I’m interested in pet application for commercial purposes. Actually I’m working as a freelancer doing AR applications for PC but customers (Spanish-Chinesse association) want IPhone applications too.
    If you or your commercial company associated is interested please contact me at this email and Ill tell full description of the idea.

    Thanks in advance for your time and apologyes about my english.

  19. Milly

    Hello, can u give the code or a tutorial?
    I really need it. Thanks

  20. Amina

    i hope they do one for the ipod

  21. Anna Harris

    Great stuff! I want to try ARf on my iphone, do you have any link to download and would you consider putting it on a social networking site for pets? I think, It will be a wonderful.

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