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Mixing real and virtual in WebAR: Augmented and mixed reality for everyone

Rabimba Karanjai (Rice University | Mozilla)
9:00am12:30pm Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Live coding
Location: B110-112
Level: Intermediate
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Developers, students, program managers, and those in developer relations

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A working knowledge of HTML and JavaScript

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to build mixed reality applications
  • Explore what is possible today, available technology, and limitations


Augmented reality is a hot topic. Apple has been touting its new and shiny augmented reality ARkit everywhere; Google has Project Tango and ARCore up its sleeves; and Microsoft is closing the real/non-real gap fast with HoloLens. At the same time, Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive are both trying to dominate the virtual reality landscape. Each of these technologies promises a new world, but all have steep learning curves for developers—not to mention closed ecosystems.

What we need is an open platform where developers can mash up the best of all worlds, creating mixed reality in a way that is device agnostic in approach and accessible by a range of devices, primarily all phones.

Rabimba Karanjaiall explores current examples of AR in detail and explains how you can build your own mixed reality experiences using them together in an open platform—the web—running directly from the browser in your mobile device. Join in for a healthy dose of augmented reality, animation, and virtual Pokémons that demonstrates the power of browsers and the web armed with A-Frame, AR.js, and ARCore. You’ll learn how to get started on mixed reality applications that are immediately available to everyone with internet and a capable smartphone.

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Rabimba Karanjai

Rice University | Mozilla

Rabimba Karanjai is a full-time graduate researcher at Rice University, a part-time hacker, and a FOSS enthusiast. He works with Mozilla Research’s mixed reality team on WebVR. Rabimba is a Mozilla Tech Speaker and would love to chat with you about VR, AR, security, and the Open Web over a cup of coffee or a bottle of beer.

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07/23/2018 3:12am PDT

Hi Andy and Rabimba – the slides are now live at the top of this page.

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07/20/2018 4:01pm PDT

Hi Andy,

I have uploaded the presentation and also published the online workshop URL as well which I used in the tutorial.

Not sure where it will be posted but submitted it to OSCON. Please connect with me if you did not get it.

07/17/2018 3:58am PDT

Hi, is there a link to download the presentation slides?