a study of ways industrial designers can benefit
from available AR applications
MSc student @ METU ID
What is Augmented Reality?
Definition of the term, related concepts along with examples
are already covered in earlier weeks of ID535 course.
Aim of this study
General aim of my thesis study is to evaluate AR technologies to
support industrial design practices. This way, I will be able to
propose how existing AR technologies can supplement the design
process in different stages.
AR applications have become very easy to access, and currently
there are lots of applications that can run even on computers,
tablets and smartphones to display 3D models, animation, sound,
2D visuals, and text. The potential of this technology should be
explored in a design education setting.
Therefore, as part of your ID535 project, my specific aim will be to
evaluate two mobile AR applications (i.e. Augment and Metaio)
and understand to what degree you find these applications useful
to support your final presentation.
Stages of Study
PART I – Augmented Reality Applications Demo.
Today, I will carry out a demo for two mobile AR applications:
Augment and Metaio, available for iOS and Android.
Part II – Concept Design Project and Adding Interactive AR
Content to Presentation Boards.
As the students of ID535 course this semester, you are asked to
make use of Augment and Metaio applications to add interactive
content to your final presentation boards of ‘Concept Design
Project’ that you are carrying out.
Part III – Evaluation of Augment and Metaio AR Applications.
On the completion of your presentation boards, I will distribute a
short questionnaire to better understand your experiences with
the two applications.
Introduction to selected AR apps
Now, I’d like to give you a half-hour demo to introduce the two
mobile AR apps that we chose for this project, and hopefully give
you initial inspirations about how they may support your final
Metaio Creator: free software to upload trackables and AR
content and publish them as channels
Metaio Toolbox: iPad application in addition to Metaio Creator to
make 3D maps of objects you want to use for object tracking
Junaio Browser: iPad application to scan trackables to view AR
Types of Data to Augment
with Metaio Creator
3D content(.obj, .md2, .fbx)
2D image content(.jpg, .png, .bmp)
In-page and full screen video(.mp4, .avi, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg)
Facebook, Twitter, Google+ link
Metaio Creator developer portal has all the information you
I recommend going through the three tutorials initially, then
browsing the other titles.
Our goal will be creating public Junaio channels.
Metaio Creator Demo
I will show you two examples with two trackables each. In the
first one I used image tracking to augment information on my
presentation board. In the second one, I used the object
tracking feature to augment information on a physical mock
Metaio Creator Demo
Image tracking: uploading images to be tracked
Video of flashing lights on the espresso machine: 8 individual
frames as a stop motion animation in Adobe After Effects
Animation of hand pulling on the steamer: a .png image of the
hand assigned as a transparent texture on a plane in 3DS Max,
Interactive button which plays sound
Object tracking: scanning of a 3D object as a tracker with the
Metaio Toolbox application, or uploading a CAD model
Information text above tea box: transparent text animation
prepared with Adobe After Effects presets
Texture overlay on physical mock up
I will show you an
example with my