Sunday, January 26, 2014

Spacecraft 3D

Categories: Augmented Reality, Science, Fun

(FREE; iPhone and iPad-compatible) This is a cool project from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, and I include it here as a good technology demonstration of the possibilities of "augmented reality."

After printing a paper "target," the user loads one of the elaborate 3D models of a NASA spacecraft (including the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers, Grail and Cassini spacecraft, and the Hubble Space Telescope). When the camera of your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is pointed at the paper target, a 3D model of the selected spacecraft is superimposed over the camera view. Using your device's internal accelerometers and compass, the app allows you to move around, under and even through the model, as though it were in the environment with you. 

(Spacecraft 3D)