Workshop on Industrial Augmented Reality
Maribeth Gandy and Blair MacIntyre, Georgia Institute of Technology
The DART Project: Building Real Tools for Real People
We will discuss The Designer’s Augmented Reality Toolkit (DART). DART is built on top of Macromedia Director, a widely used multimedia development environment. The goal of DART is to support rapid prototyping and design exploration of AR systems by designers trying to build real systems, in domains from from art and entertainment to industrial and military. We will focus here on the design decisions we made when building a toolkit for this audience, and summarize how DART addresses some significant problems faced by designers working with AR in the real world. We will also discuss our experience building and supporting an open-ended tool that tries to support both drag-and-drop experience creation and full programability and modifiability by the system author.