Announcing “Hex-Ray Vision” – Isometric Augmented Reality App

hexray_vision_1Today we’re announcing Hex-Ray Vision ! It’s an amazing new augmented reality app for iOS that makes the real world look isometric using your iPhone 5s camera!

Hex-Ray Vision uses the awesome picture-taking capabilities of the iPhone 5s to create an isometric representation of the world.  There’s a ton of math and image processing involved, but here’s the basic principle:  The iPhone 5s has two flashes for its camera.  By taking a picture with one flash and then the other, the same scene is lit from two slightly different angles.  Comparing the two pictures allows Hex-Ray Vision to estimate the surface normal at each point in the image.  Finally, a little cleanup and image processing lets us turn the world into Trixels!