ArUco: Augmented Reality library from the University of Cordoba
ArUco is a minimal C++ library for detection of Augmented Reality markers based on OpenCv exclusively.
It is an educational project to show student how to detect augmented reality markers and it is provided under BSD license.
CONTACT: Rafael Munoz-Salinas: firstname.lastname@example.org
The library relies on the use of coded markers. Each marker has an unique code indicated by the black and white colors in it. The libary detect borders, and analyzes into the rectangular regions which of them are likely to be markers. Then, a decoding is performed and if the code is valid, it is considered that the rectangle is a marker.
The codification included into the marker is a slighly modified version of the Hamming Code. It has a total a 25 bits didived in 5 rows of 5 bits each. So, we have 5 words of 5 bits. Each word, contains only 2 bits of real information, the rest is for and error detection/correction (error correction is yet to be done). As a conclusion, a marker contains 10 bits of real information wich allows 1024 different markers.
\section LIBRARY DESCRIPTION:
The ArUco library contents are divided in two main directories. The src directory, which contains the library itself. And the utils directory which contains the applications.
The library main classes are:
- aruco::Marker: which represent a marker detected in the image
- aruco::MarkerDetector: that is in charge of deteting the markers in a image Detection is done by simple calling the member funcion ArMarkerDetector::detect(). Additionally, the classes contain members to create the required matrices for rendering using OpenGL. See aruco_test_gl for details
- aruco::BoardConfiguration: A board is an array of markers in a known order. BoardConfiguracion is the class that defines a board by indicating the id of its markers. In addition, it has informacion about the distance between the markers so that extrinsica camera computations can be done.
- aruco::Board: This class defines a board detected in a image. The board has the extrinsic camera parameters as public atributes. In addition, it has a method that allows obtain the matrix for getting its position in OpenGL (see aruco_test_board_gl for details).
- aruco::BoardDetector : This is the class in charge of detecting a board in a image. You must pass to it the set of markers detected by ArMarkerDetector and the BoardConfiguracion of the board you want to detect. This class will do the rest for you, even calculating the camera extrinsics.
Aruco allows the possibility to employ board. Boards are markers composed by an array of markers arranged in a known order. The advantages of using boards instead of simple markers are:
- More robusteness. The misdetection of several markers of the board is not a problem as long as a minimum set of them are detected.
- More precision. Since there are a larger number of corners, camera pose estimation becomes more precise.
A Board contains several markers so that they are more robustly detected. In general, a board is a set of markers. So BoardConfiguration is only
a list of the id of the markers along with the position of their corners.
The position of the corners can be specified either in pixels (in a non-specific size) or in meters. The first is the
typical case in which you generate the image of board and the print it. Since you do not know in advance the real
size of the markers, their corners are specified in pixels, and then, the translation to meters can be made once you
know the real size. On the other hand, you may want to have the information of your boards in meters in your
configuration file once you have created it. The BoardConfiguration allows you to do so.
Creating boards in managed by two applications. First, use aruco_create_board to create the image of the board.
Print it and use your measurer to know the real size of the markers. Then, you can use aruco_board_pix2meters to create
new configuration file that expresses the board in meters. So, you no longer need to remember the size of your markers.
Since version 1.2, aruco allows to create boards with chessboard configuration. To support the detection of chessboards, we need to apply an erosion in the image when detecting markers.
This is an option that can be disabled in MarkerDetector::enableErosion. By default, it is enabled. However, disabling it can speed up the process up to a 10%. So if you
do not want to use chessboards, disable it.
- The library comes with five applications that will help you to learn how to use the library:
-# aruco_create_marker: which creates marker and saves it in a jpg file you can print.
-# aruco_simple : simple test aplication that detects the markers in an image
-# aruco_test: this is the main application for detection. It reads images either from the camera of from a video and detect markers. Additionally, if you provide the intrinsics of the camera(obtained by OpenCv calibration) and the size of the marker in meters, the library calculates the marker intrinsics so that you can easily create your AR applications.
-# aruco_test_gl: shows how to use the library AR applications using OpenGL for rendering
-# aruco_create_board: application that helps you to create a board
-# aruco_board_pix2meters: application that helps you to convert a board configuration file from pixels(as provided by aruco_create_board) to meters.
-# aruco_test_board: application that detects boards
-# aruco_simple_board: simple application that detects boards in an image
-# aruco_test_board_gl: application that detects boards and uses OpenGL to draw
\section COMPILING THE LIBRARY:
REQUIREMENTS: OpenCv >= 2.3.1, cmake >= 2.8
OPTIONAL: OpenGL for aruco_test_gl and aruco_test_board_gl
Go to the aruco library and do
>make install (optional)
NOTE ON OPENGL: The library supports eaily the integration with OpenGL. In order to compile with support for OpenGL, you just have installed in your system the develop packages for GL and glut (or freeglut).
We have successfully compiled in in two compilers: MSVC2010 and MinGW.
In both cases cmake and OpenCv are required first. So install them
\subsubsection Microsoft Visual C++ (Express Edition 2010)
a) Downdload MSVC 2010 (http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/products/2010-editions/express).
b) Use cmake to create the project. Compile and run!
\subsubsection MinGW and codeblocks
The library has been compiled using MinGW and codeblocks. Below I describe the best way to compile it that I know. If you know better, please let me know.
step 1) codeblocks
-# Download codeblocks. I recommend to download the version 10.5 with mingw included (codeblocks-10.05mingw-setup.exe)
-# Install and set the PATH variable so that the codeblock/mingw/bin directory is included. In my case "c:\codeblocks\mingw\bin". This will allow cmake to find the compiler.
-# The codeblock program will not find the mingw path by deafult. So, run codeblocks and go to setting->Compuiler debugger and set the correct path to the MinGW dir.
step 2) aruco
-# download and decompress.
-# Open cmake gui application and set the path to the main library directory and also set a path where the project is going to be built. Generate the codeblock project.
-# Open the project with codeblock and compile then, install. The programs will be probably generated into the bin directory
OpenGL: by default, the mingw version installed has not the glut library. SO, the opengl programs are not compiled. If you want to compile with OpenGL support, you must install glut, or prefereably freeglut.
So, download the library (http://www.martinpayne.me.uk/software/development/GLUT/freeglut-MinGW.zip) for mingw. Decompress in a directory X. Then, rerun cmake setting the variable GLU_PATH to that directory
>cmake .. -DGLUT_PATH="C:\x"
Finally, recompile and test. Indeed, you should move the freeglut.dll to the directory with the binaries or to any other place in the PATH.
For testing the applications, the library provides videos and the corresponding camera parameters of these videos. Into the directories you will find information on how to run the examples.