To make augmented reality more accessible to everyone is not an easy task. A team of Industrial Design Engineering students from the Netherlands’ University of Twente created augmented reality system at a planned price of $30. It is called Aryzon and is made largely of cardboard, which the user folds into shape. The user runs an app and places smartphone in the bottom of the device facing main camera forward. Smartphone’s screen is faced back towards the user which views the real world through a slanted piece of glass in the top of the device.
3D graphics are displayed on the phone’s screen and reflected up by a mirror set at an angle to the phone, with their reflection going through a set of fresnel lenses and ultimately appearing on the back side of the glass through which the user is looking. The user sees both the real world along with a reflection of the graphics, overlaid on top. The app uses the phone’s main camera to identify and track a target object, which it keeps the graphics centered over. The app utilizes the phone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to detect when the user moves, when their viewing perspective changes, it alters the angle of the 3D graphics accordingly. Augmented reality footage shot through the device can be seen in the video below.