Augment your reality with a 3D Weatherball

12:40 PM, Feb 17, 2010   |    comments
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Lauren Stanton tries out the 3D Weatherball

WZZM - Ever want your own WZZM 13 Weatherball?  Well, now you can, with the magic of augmented reality.

USA Today worked with Universal Studios to create a Harry Potter augmented reality display for the newspaper a couple of months ago.  We thought it was pretty cool and decided to make one ourselves.

Augmented reality is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with (or augmented by) virtual computer-generated imagery - creating a mixed reality.  Or simply put, you hold something simple up to a webcam and it displays something much cooler.

Augmented reality can also be used to describe things like the yellow line that you see when watching a football game on TV for the 1st down markers.  That line isn't really there - it is added by the computer.

For the WZZM 13 experiment, we created an augmented reality of the WZZM 13 Weatherball.  To see the 3D Weatherball, go to and follow the directions.  You will need a computer, a webcam, and a means of printing out the 13 Weatherball outline.

For more cool augmented reality experiences, google it!  There are a lot of cool things out there.  And watch the video to see Lauren Stanton try it!

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