The Argon browser was created as part of a research project in the Augmented Environments Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The 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 (documented here). Our hope to is to drive adoption of augmented reality by making it possible for as many people as possible to explore and experiment with the technology, and we hope that by using familiar web-programming concepts, the technology will be accessible to as many designers and developers as possible. Once the underlying technology is sufficiently mature, we are committed to making the browser open source.
We are working to support existing users, keep Argon robust and bug-free, add new features, and port to new platforms. However, ongoing development of a project of this scale requires financial support. If you are interested in supporting the Argon browser, the easiest way is through a charitable donation to the project at Georgia Tech. We are also very interested in working with companies or other researchers via research contracts. If your project is going to rely on Argon, we would be happy to discuss with you possibilities for including directed support for using Argon in your budget. We are also interested in discussing the addition of specific features to the browser, or even the possibility of porting the browser to new platforms.
Argon is made possible by support from Alcatel-Lucent, Qualcomm, AT&T, Motorola, and HTC. Please contact the Argon project leader, Blair MacIntyre, to discuss support or research and development opportunities.