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Frequently asked questions
- What is ARSigths?
ARSights is a new web-based tool which improves Google Earth visualization capabilities by enabling users to visualize digital content mixed with real world information. Built upon the technology known as Augmented Reality, it allows users to enjoy Google Earth digital content in an astonishing as well as completely new way.
All you need to make ARSights work is a PC, a USB camera, a printed marker and AR Application which can be downloaded directly on www.arsights.com.
The aims of the project can be summarized as follows:
- To increase people’s awareness about the power of Augmented Reality
- To let people access information in an immersive and more engaging manner
- To impulse a new development of this technology
- To foster new business opportunities in many fields of application
- What is Augmented Reality?
Augmented Reality (AR) is an emerging technology which deals with the combination of real-world and computer-generated data. AR makes it possible to blend any digital content with real world in real time, thus defining completely new ways of accessing information.
The potential impact of AR on society is enormous in a very positive sense. Indeed AR Applications augment a user’s capability to use information, leveraging on the ever growing availability of powerful computing devices.
Augmented Reality, as a transformative technology, will change the way we do things as it will play an ever more important role in fields like those of Entertainment, Learning, Cultural Heritage, Industry, Design, Architecture, Marketing, Surgery, just to mention some.
- What is Google Earth and GE Browser Plugin?
Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographic information program that was originally called Earth Viewer, and was created by Keyhole Inc, a company acquired by Google in 2004. It maps the earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS 3D globe.
The product, renamed Google Earth in 2006, is currently available for use on personal computers running Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, or Vista, Mac OS X 10.3.9 and above, Linux (released on June 12, 2006), and FreeBSD. Google Earth is also available as a browser plugin (released on June 2, 2008) for Firefox, IE6, or IE7. It was also made available on the iPhone OS on October 27, 2008, as a free download from the App Store. The release of Google Earth in mid 2006 to the public caused a more than tenfold increase in media coverage on virtual globes between 2006 and 2007, driving public interest in geospatial technologies and applications.
- What is a Placemark?
Placemarks are special tags that are used to refer to specific places within Google Earth. Users can freely create their own placemarks in a very simple way and then submit them to the Google Earth BBS for inclusion. A Placemark can also be used to associate a 3D model to a specific location. However, the 3D model is downloaded separately from another server. Most models are downloaded from Google 3D Wharehouse, Google’s repository of 3D models made available by developers.
A single placemark is coded as a single KML file. Different placemarks can be grouped together to form a compressed KML, also known as a KMZ. By downloading a KMZ you usually download a set of different placemarks which refer to different locations.
KML and KMZ can be accessed by Google Earth.
- What is a Network Link?
A set of placemarks coded as a KMZ hosted on a remote server and accessed by Google Earth via Internet is a Network Link.
ARSights is based on a specific Network Link, edited and hosted on a server of Inglobe Technologies.
- What are ARSights Placemarks?
ARSights is based on a Network Link, which, on the other hand, is a set of Placemarks.
Each Placemark within such a network link associates a specific location to a suitable 3D model which can be accessed by using ARSights Application.
- What is a ARSights Application?
ARSights Application is the core application which users have to download in order to browse GE immersively using Augmented Reality Technology. It can be downloaded here
- What do I need in order to use ARSights?
To make ARSights work you need the following things:
- Google Earth or GE Browser Plugin
- PC 1 GHz Processor, 512 MB Ram, 100% Compliant OpenGL Video Card with 128 MB Ram, 50 MB of available Hard Disk space
- Microsoft Windows® XP/Vista, Latest Video Drivers
- USB 2.0 Webcam