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Augmented reality and 3D tracking

VTT is leading the way with augmented reality applications and 3D tracking technology.

Several years of research background makes VTT today one of the strongest 3D tracking technology providers in the market. Commercial customers of VTT’s tracking technology include Nokia and Inglobe Technologies.

Our marker-based tracking functionality is open sourced as A Library for Virtual and Augmented Reality (ALVAR SDK), with thousands of users around the world, for example ROS and Goblin XNA communities.

VTT’s application development is based on strong proprietary 3D tracking technology, open sourced as ALVAR SDK and today also commercially licensed to international customers.

Augmented reality is most likely to alter research and industry

We have produced various world firsts in augmented reality (AR) implementation, ranging from games and entertainment to novel use cases in various industrial application areas. Predictions show AR to be one of the areas of innovation most likely to alter research and industry, and even the way we live our lives.

The key enabling software technology for augmented reality and mixed reality applications is 3D tracking, for example the ability to track camera location relative to target in real time. VTT’s markerless tracking solutions are based on 3D point cloud reconstructions and feature detection, with optimal performance in speed, accuracy and robustness.

More demanding augmented reality applications than ever before

Among our various customer projects, we were the first in Scandinavia with publishing applications, including Aller Media, FutureCode and DNV, and one of the first in the world with augmented interior design, in collaboration with VividWorks. We have also created a path-breaking mobile AR for city planning decision-making, with FCG Finnish Consulting Group and the City of Helsinki.

Technology demonstrations such as mixed reality interaction with Second Life, which was created together with IBM and Nokia, have gained worldwide news coverage. 

Our latest examples show how AR technology can be used in the architecture, engineering and construction sector in increasingly demanding applications that link Building Information Model (BIM), time tables and other data sources to building construction and maintenance work targets.

See further information, videos, demos and publications at www.vtt.fi/multimedia.


Additional information

Charles Woodward
Research Professor
+358 20 722 5629

Petri Honkamaa
Senior Scientist
+358 20 722 6081

Additional information

Charles Woodward
Research Professor
+358 20 722 5629

Petri Honkamaa
Senior Scientist
+358 20 722 6081

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