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Virtools is development platform used in the industry for virtual reality applications, prototyping and rapid development of video games, as well as for other highly interactive 3D experiences.

ARToolkit is a software library for building Augmented Reality (AR) applications which involve the overlay of virtual imagery on the real world.

The plug-in has been written in C++ using Virtools' SDK. It makes it possible to quickly build augmented reality applications dealing with any number of single independent markers (top image), as well as multi-pattern configurations.

The video stream from the user's camera is automatically initialized, the lens distortion parameters and the marker patterns are provided via files set as building block inputs, then the detection blocks output the tracking result. This flow of data can be used with any of Virtools' built-in features and plug-in's. The plug-in also provides the user with helper building blocks to dynamically create marker patterns at runtime, transformation helpers to facilitate geometric computation in 3D and so on (see the attached plug-in documentation for details).

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