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The Argon research project started 2009 in the Augmented Environments Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The project is exploring the software architectures and interaction metaphors needed to support users running multiple independently-authored AR applications at the same time, across different platforms (from mobile phones to head-worn displays). On one hand, we are developing the programming constructs and metaphors programmers need to author applications that are not tied to a particular AR platform, and are able to run in parallel with other applications. On the other hand, we are exploring the user interfaces and interaction metaphors needed to allow users to effectively use multiple AR applications at the same time, in the same physical space. To support this work, a long term goal of the project is to create an open, standards-based ecosystem for mobile augmented and mixed reality experiences that integrates smoothly with existing web infrastructures.
The argon.js framework and associated Argon AR-enabled web browser support creating fully-registered AR applications that leverage 3D graphics, geo-spatial-positioning, computer-vision tracking (using Qualcomm’s Vuforia library), and multiple kinds of “reality” backgrounds (currently including panoramas and live video). Our hope is to drive adoption of augmented reality by making it possible for as many people as possible to explore and experiment with the technology. We also hope that by using familiar web-programming concepts, the technology will be accessible to as many designers and developers as possible. We are working to support existing users, keep Argon robust and bug-free, add new features, and port to new platforms.
If you are interested in supporting the Argon browser, the easiest way is through a charitable donation to the project at Georgia Tech, or through research contracts with our team. If your project is going to rely on Argon, we would be happy to discuss with you possibilities for paid support.
Argon is made possible by support from Alcatel-Lucent, Qualcomm, AT&T, Motorola, and HTC. The project has also benefited from collaboration with, and support by, other groups at Georgia Tech, including IMTC, RNOC, IPAT, and GVU. Please contact the Argon project leader, Blair MacIntyre, to discuss support or research and development opportunities.
Argon version 4.0 for iOS lets you view AR-enabled websites.
Argon is currently designed for the iOS; an Android version is in progress.
If you want to develop AR-enabled websites using argon.js, or contribute to the Argon project itself, visit our developer site at argonjs.io.
The Argon Project invites development at two levels: experience designers and project contributors.
2. The argon.js framework and Argon app are open-source projects, and we hope to create a community of AR developers interested in extending the project to support the AR features needed by the community. As new capabilities are available in commodity (or specialized) web browsers, we hope to extend argon.js to support these new platforms. Until AR capabilities are available in web-browsers on all platforms, we are interested in working to port the Argon application itself to new platforms. We also welcome contributions of tutorials and samples to help others learn to create AR experiences using argon.js.
If you are interested in the Argon project and would like to talk, or just want to let us know what you think, send us an e-mail and we will get back to you as soon as we can.