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CATALOGUE

Opening

The Reality catalogue can be accessed by either pressing the Reality Button at the bottom right hand corner of the screen or swiping in from the left side of the screen.

Controls

The Navigation menu has several buttons in the header section. The Back Button returns to the previous list, the Home Button brings the user back to the top most list and the Star (Favourite) Button brings up the list of saved products.

Navigation

Tapping on a list entry will load the sub-lists.

Gallery View

The Gallery View will open upon reaching the lowest level of the category listing. Left and right swiping will move between products. The Gallery View contains details about each product and allows the user to download the model, add it to the shopping cart or favourites list. Clicking the Back Button will return to the category menu.

Voice Search

Voice Search can be activated by pressing the the Voice Search button at the bottom of the screen. This brings up the Search dialog. Simply state "sofa" for example. The results if any will be displayed in the gallery view which will open automatically.

Closing

The Reality catalogue can be closed by pressing the Reality Button or by swiping it left until it is gone from view.

3D MODELS

Loading

Models are loaded by pressing the download button on the Gallery page. Models will be loaded to the current active tracker and will appear once that tracker is visible in the devices screen. Reality allows multiple models to be loaded to each tracker and allows multiple trackers to be used simultaneously.

Interaction

Controls

Pressing and holding down on a model with a single finger allows the model to be moved across the screen. A circular arrow will orbit the model when it is in movement mode. Whilst pressing on the model, placing a second finger on the screen and performing circular movements allows for the model to be rotated on the screen.

Switching Trackers

Reality has two means by which to transfer a model between trackers. In the first case the process is started by double tapping the model on the screen. This will cause the model to bounce up and down on the spot. The model can then be transferred the other tracker by tapping on that tracker. The second method is by swiping the model in the direction of the other tracker.

Info Panel

Single Tapping on the model will bring up the Info Panel. The Info Panel provides details on the selected item such as dimensions and pricing. It also allows the model to be saved to the favourites list, added to the shopping basket, removed from the scene or duplicated. When the Info Panel is on screen the model will be bordered by a box indicating that it cannot be moved. To remove the Info Panel simply tap on the model again.

Removing

Models can be removed from the scene by bringing up the Info Panel. See entry under Info Panel.

CUSTOM TRACKER

Tracker Creation

The Custom Tracker option allows a user to easily create a tracker by taking a picture of the of an object from the environment. The custom tracker can also be used to scale models but not to the same accuracy as one of the permanent trackers. A input dialog will appear to allow the user to enter the width of the image to be turned into a tracker.

The user then has to fill the width of the device screen and click the Reality Button to create the custom tracker. As a means to assist the user, the Reality Button will range in colours between red and green to indicate the quality of the custom tracker. Red representing poor and green representing good.

OPTIONS MENU

Print Tracker

The Print Tracker option allows you to print a tracker image. For Android versions 4.4 (KitKat) and higher, an option to print wirelessly to your printer becomes available.

Track Room

The Room Tracking feature allows Reality to map your entire environment removing the dependency on the tracker mat allowing for a greater freedom of movement with unparalleled stability.This option is enabled by default but is only available for devices that have a multi-core processor.

Auto Share

The Auto-Share feature brings up options to share your design, immediately after a photo has been taken.

Action Bar

The Actionbar is viewable by default. Setting this option will hide the Actionbar, which can then only be accessed by long-pressing the Reality Button.

Lock View

By default Reality is locked in landscape view. This option will allow the Reality controls to be rotated when in Portrait mode.

Camera

This option will show or hide the camera controls. This is enabled by default.

CAMERA CONTROLS

Light Button

The Light Button will turn on the mobile device's light and will act as a spot light on the model.

Focus Button

The Focus Button will cause the camera lens to refocus on the current subject in view.

Shutter Button

The Shutter Button can be used two ways. Long pressing it will take a photo of the scene or tapping it will put the Reality Button in photo mode. The picture can then be taken by pressing the Reality Button. Camera mode can be exited by pressing the Back Button.

FAQ

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented Reality is the term applied to the overlaying of computer computer graphics 2D/3D, sound or GPS data over a video feed direct or indirect.

What is Reality?

Reality is a product by Hinged Neuron that uses Augmented Reality to allow users to view 3D models of real world objects as if the models were actually in front of them, in high detail and to scale.

What 3D model formats does Reality support?

Internally Reality can support 3DS, OBJ and AWD, with AWD being the default and preferred format. Hinged Neuron will convert models to the AWD format before uploading.

What is Reality's Room Tracking Feature?

Room tracking is a feature offered by Reality that greatly enhances the stability of Augmentations. When a tracker is initially detected and a model has been added to the scene, Reality will map the user's environment. This means that models will continue to correctly render even if the tracker image is no longer visible on the screen.

Why is Room Tracking disabled?

Room tracking is a computationally expensive task. It is not supported on single core processors and is disabled as a result.

Why do the models sometimes not appear to be level on screen?

A well lit room is the ideal conditions to use Reality. The tracker should ideally have a matte finish and laminated and shiny trackers should not be used due to the large amount of reflections. Room tracking is enabled by default on devices with multi-core processors. Static environments work best as movements in the background visible on the devices screen can make the building of the environment map inaccurate.

Why can I not move or rotate the models?

When the 3D model is in the move mode, a blue comet shape will orbit the base of the model. This will appear by single pressing and holding the screen where the model appears. Make sure the model is not in the "Info" mode. This is indicated by the rectangular shape appearing around the base of he 3D model. Also make sure that the 3D model is not in "Move to Tracker" mode. This will be evident if the 3D model is bouncing up and down on the screen. Both of these latter modes can be disabled by tapping the screen.

How do I move a model between trackers?

Reality provides two methods by which to move models between trackers. Firstly the "Move to Tracker must be started, this is done by double tapping the 3D model on screen. A model that is bouncing up and down indicated that it is the correct mode. The model can then be moved to the other tracker by tapping on the tracker or do a swiping gesture from the model in the direction of the tracker.

Why are models not appearing on screen?

Make sure that there is a tracker visible on the screen.

Why are models not loading?

Reality requires access to the Internet to download the models from the server.