Mars Curiosity image of the day: first pic by Navigation cameras includes an augmented reality tag

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18 Responses to “Mars Curiosity image of the day: first pic by Navigation cameras includes an augmented reality tag”

  1. Isn’t that just a low-bit representation of the rover?

    [Edit: Stupid commenter (me) didn't read quote]

  2. kP says:

    not bad for 6×6 

  3. why did they put a picture of the rover on the rover?

    i mean.. they could have had bob dobbs scratching his chin with a ? above his head.

    or curious george?

    • theophrastvs says:

       and if you zoom in to that picture there’s a picture of a Droste ad.

    • andygates says:

      That’s so you can tell easily which rover it is! Public domain means lots of people who can’t recognise one rover from another, so name tags in shot make sense.  The number of photos I’ve had posted to me from Spirit and Oppy (solar panels, y’see, but you have to be at least a B-grade space nerd to know that) claiming to be from Curiosity… eesh. 

    • why did they put a picture of the rover on the rover?

      Yo dawg…

  4. nixiebunny says:

    I hope Curiosity put on its free staring-into-sun cardboard glasses before staring into the sun.

  5. penguinchris says:

    At the BB meetup Bruce Sterling demonstrated an AR phone app that made robots and monsters and stuff appear to be standing on the table when you put a coded piece of paper on it. I can only assume that this is what they’re planning here :)

  6. John Simmons says:

    Anyone got an app that can read the AR tag? The two I have tried failed.

  7. John Simmons says:

    Rereading the text from the JPL “The “augmented reality” or AR tag seen in the foreground can be used in the future with smart phones to obtain more information about the mission. ”

    The fact that it mentions being used in the future, rather than today, suggests that this isnt a supported just yet.

  8. lumpygravy2 says:

    Fru-fru poser gadget p0rn when a simple US Govt. standard issue stenciled ‘curiosity’ would do.  I imagine some contractor got piles of money for delivering this silly tack on bit of BS.

  9. Alex Brennt says:

    Would be great to see the app that can read theese AR codes.

  10. Neal McBurnett says:

    They talked about the ARTag in the JPL press conference on 2012-08-09 also.  It is used, e.g., by NASA’s Spacecraft 3D app:

     http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2012-07/nasas-spacecraft-3-d-app-offers-augmented-reality-ride-along-curiosity-grail

    For background, see the site http://www.artag.net/

    But note that there seems to be a problem with the original ARTag implementation, developed at Canada’s National Research Council.  It isn’t available any more from them, and the programmer that wrote it (Mark Fiala) is trying to get it released.

  11. Neal McBurnett says:

    See some examples of Augmented Reality using ARTag on youtube, e.g. this one, especially towards the end:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItOtTdhDoto

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