walk objects using Wikitude AR
I ended up choosing Wikitude for my SDK, because it came with examples specifying how to put 3D Objects at geolocations.
First, I got an app running on my phone with an example sketch.
I would get my geolocation coordinates from this online tool: http://www.mapcoordinates.net/en . It is sometimes in German, but I like how I can manually move the geo points around, rather than specifying an address.
I noticed that the 3D earth model was in a special .wt3 format, which I would be able to convert my .fbx files from MAYA using the Wikitude3DEncoder.
I then started creating some more objects that I thought were significant during my walking commute.
Here is a rat, placed in front of my apartment, because there is a bit of graffiti stating that it is “RAT BREEDING GROUNDS”. It’s true, they are found everywhere near the dumpsters.
Here is a black shopping bag, placed in front of the corner store I always get sandwiches and coffee from. Whatever I get always come inside these bags. Sometimes the deli man throws in extra stuff when I am not looking.
Some models did not turn out as well – because of their exact geolocation, scaling, or possibly because I am hazy about precisely how UV mapping works.
Here on the corner is where I ran in to buy a pack of cigarettes after getting followed by a man, for several blocks.
Some are not even recognizable :
Exciting news – I applied for an educational Wikitude license for this project, and they just got back to me! So the ‘Trial’ watermarks are GONE finally!
Here are some mock-ups from trying out Sketch: