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Markerless Augmented Reality with a Real-time Affine Region Tracker

V. Ferrari, T. Tuytelaars and L. Van Gool
Procs. of the IEEE and ACM Intl. Symposium on Augmented Reality
New York, USA, October 2001


We present a system for planar augmented reality based on a new real-time affine region tracker. Instead of tracking fiducial points, we track planar local image patches, and bring these into complete correspondence, so a virtual texture can directly be added to them. Moreover, the local image patches can be extracted in an invariant way, even without any a priori information from previous frames. Hence it is possible to use them as natural beacons, that can be used to recognize the scene and to identify the individual patches. This results in a powerful system, that can work without artificial markers or fiducial points and with a minimal amount of user interference.

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  author = {V. Ferrari and T. Tuytelaars and L. Van Gool},
  title = {Markerless Augmented Reality with a Real-time Affine Region Tracker},
  booktitle = {Procs. of the IEEE and ACM Intl. Symposium on Augmented Reality},
  year = {2001},
  month = {October},
  pages = {87-96},
  volume = {I},
  publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
  keywords = {Real-time tracking, natural beacons, augmented reality, region tracking, template matching, uncalibrated augmented reality, markerless augmented reality}