Augmented Reality

by Synthiam

Overlay images on detected objects, colors, faces and more.

How to add the Augmented Reality robot skill

  1. Load the most recent release of ARC (Get ARC).
  2. Press the Project tab from the top menu bar in ARC.
  3. Press Add Robot Skill from the button ribbon bar in ARC.
  4. Choose the Camera category tab.
  5. Press the Augmented Reality icon to add the robot skill to your project.

Don't have a robot yet?

Follow the Getting Started Guide to build a robot and use the Augmented Reality robot skill.

How to use the Augmented Reality robot skill

This skill will overlay an image on any detected object, face, color or glyph. Any type of detectable tracking type in the ARC Camera skill can be used. Simply select your image and voila! It's best to use a transparent PNG:)

Main Window

User-inserted image

1. Attach/Detach Button Attaches (or Detaches) the loaded image to the first instance of the Camera skill. Once attached the overlay will display on the detected area inside the camera skill.

2. Load Image button This button loads an image. Browse to the location on your computer and select a .PNG or .JPG.

3. Image Preview This displays a preview of the image that will be overlaid onto the camera image.

4. Status Field This field displays the status of the Augmented Reality skill.

How to Use the Augmented Reality Skill

  1. Add a Camera Device skill to your ARC project (Project -> Add Skill -> Camera -> Camera Device).

  2. Add a Augmented Reality skill to your ARC project (Project -> Add Skill -> Camera -> Augmented Reality).

  3. In the Camera Device skill select a camera and start the video device, then select the tracking type.

  4. In the Augmented Reality skill load the desired image then press the Attach button.

  5. In the video preview on the camera device skill watch as your image is overlaid on the video when the tracking type is detected.



An installed camera device and a .PNG file.


Source Code Available Here:


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