Make AR Movies from Google Earth 3D Models

Augmented Reality (AR) is the mixing of computer generated data and reality in video footage. I received an E-mail from InGlobe Technologies that they have released a new free application which lets you create AR movies using Google Earth 3D Models. They had already previously released an interface for making movies with SketchUp 3D Models, which I have been planning to play with. Now they’ve gone a step further and let you use the GE plugin to select 3D models and make AR movies with them. Here’s a cool example showing what we’re talking about:

All you need to do is visit their site, download their application, make a simple printout on your printer (which the video recognizes as the model “base”), select what 3D model you want to use, and use a web cam to make a video.
According to its makers:

ARSights is mainly targeted to:

  • those who are fascinated by 3D and Emerging Technologies,
  • Google Earth fans who are eager to see what the next step
    with this incredible tool will be

  • those passionate about geography, archaeology, architecture as
    well as of other topics and wish to approach them in an
    immersive and completely new way

  • people who are curious about the newest trends in web
    technologies and gadgets,

  • fans of virtual reality
  • cyberexplorers
  • and a lot of other people.

ARSights is completely free and can be accessed by everyone
with no restrictions.

via DigitalUrban and e-mail from its makers.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Not "completely free" says:

    Looks like it’s Windows-only and closed-source.

  2. Sitting Duck says:

    Very few models can be viewed in this way, only a handful are included in their collection of pre-made models. You need to pay for a sketchup plug-in to view your own models in AR.

  3. technology is going fare but it should be used in positive way

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