How to View Augmented Reality on Your Computer




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In this tutorial, I'll show you how to view augmented reality on your computer using only a webcam,  paper, and the internet.

Step 1: Materials

You will need...
     1. A computer/laptop
     2. A printer
     3. Internet access
     4. Blank paper
     5. A webcam

Step 2: Star Trek Website

As of right now, there are only 2 websites that do this feature...

  The first one is
          In this site, you use your piece of paper to watch a virtual 3-D tour of the Enterprise in Star Trek.

1. Go to

2. Click on Download/Print to get the the picture you need for the hologram.

3. Print the picture, then click on Begin Tour.

4. Select what camera you want to use (options on right).

5. Hold to picture up to the camera and begin the tour.

Step 3: GE Website

The other website is by GE. Here, you can view augmented reality on what we use as alternate energy.

   There are 2 different things that you can view. The wind turbines, and the solar panels.

1. Go to

2. Go to getting started, and click on Print One Here.

3. Print the picture, then click Either Launch Wind Turbne, or Launch Solar Energy.

4. Select what camera you want to use (options on right).

5. Click Allow and begin.



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    6 Discussions

    Ben The Builder

    9 years ago on Step 2

     This appears to be one of those things where the webcam can track movement on a pre-printed sheet based on some pre placed spots, Pop-sci did this with the article with the wind generators on the front, Ford and Chevy I believe have also done this at car shows, but when you hold it up to the webcam it recognizes it and as you shift the card the "3D image" will shift too


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I was about to post a comment saying exactly the same thing. I'm glad we have some intelligent people on instructables.