Augmented reality (AR) is the idea of mixing computer-generated media (e.g., 3D objects, 2D content, spatialized audio) with someone’s view of the real world. Whether you want to create a new AR application, or add an AR view to an existing web application, the argon.js framework provides a set of abstractions and utilities for adding an AR view to your web application in a platform- and technology-independent way.
argon.js was originally designed to take advantage of the augmented reality capabilities of the Argon AR-enabled web browser on iOS, simplifying the process of delivering mobile AR experiences without the need to create, ship and support native applications.
However, argon.js will also work with other web browsers, taking advantage of their capabilities to allow your application to deliver whatever kind of AR experience each browser is capable of. While the AR capabilities a most web browsers is currently minimal, they are improving rapidly, and argon.js is designed to support this evolution.
Want to dive and and start creating AR-enabled web applications? Check out the downloads below.
The source code for the argon.js framework, samples and documentation are all available on this github site, and use the Apache 2.0 Open Source License.
The Argon4 Browser application is available for free on the iTunes App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android.
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Develop with argon.js
The argon.js source code is available on github at https://github.com/argonjs/argon
The documentation site contains a collection of articles and tutorials to get you started with argon.js
The Argon team is ready to chat on Slack. You can join our Slack channel using this automated link
For those who need to add new capabilities to the Argon Browser itself, the full source to the application is available in the argon-app repository.
If you are interested in seeing what we are planning for argon, and providing input on our plans, you can visit our Argon Project Roadmap.
If you would like to contribute to argon.js or the Argon4 web browser, please join the community and help us make AR a reality on the web.
Argon was created as part of the Argon Research Project in the Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech, with support from the National Science Foundation, Georgia Tech’s GVU Center and Institute for People and Technology, and companies including Qualcomm and Alcatel-Lucent.
Argon is now an independent open-source project, supported by the Augmented Environments Lab at Georgia Tech and by Mozilla. If you would like to support the Argon Open-Source project in some way, please contact the Blair MacIntyre.
More information about the ongoing Argon-related research at Georgia Tech can be found on the Argon Research Project pages.