Arvos - Augmented Reality Viewer Open Source

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Creating an open source Augmented Reality platform!



Arvos has been replaced by Arpoise!



Apple's purchase of the leading augmented reality platform Metaio in 2015 brought AR to the world's attention - and was a total disaster for people who had been using the platform for years and suddenly saw their projects become obsolete.

Although commercial companies will continue to drive the development of cutting edge technical advances in 3d environment mapping and image recognition technology, there are many forms of AR that are relatively simple to implement and are very useful for academic and artistic purposes.

We started the open source augmented reality platform ARVOS to address these issues, beginning with the technically simple GPS based geolocative augmented reality, with the hope of creating a community that will expand on the system to include image-tracking and more technically challenging forms of AR as the technology progresses..


Want to help develop the platform?

The existing code includes:

  • basic client software for both Android and iOS devices
  • provides the client's GPS location
  • positions basic images (jpg, png) in both normal and billboard (i.e. always facing user) format.

See this page for the ARVOS technical documentation.

For the System Description with an overview of the state of current development and implementation goals, see the ARVOS github repository main page.


We are currently working on these basic further steps:

  • web server, ideally in Java
  • integration of a library for 3D object content
  • web interface for quick adjustments of AR content in the field on mobile devices

Ideally, it would include these further steps:

  • integration of various glasses


Not a developer, but interested as a future ARVOS AR author?

We are collecting "user stories" on our wiki page - contact us if you want to help conceive and test ARVOS functionality as it develops!


Contact ARVOS project leaders Peter Graf & Tamiko Thiel

Peter Graf is a software developer with over 25 years of experience and a pioneer in web server design - he helped bring the New York Times online for the first time back in 1995. He will consult on and guide further development as a technical advisor.

Tamiko Thiel is an internationally recognized augmented reality artist and co-founder of the legendary augmented reality artist group Manifest.AR. She has participated in Manifest.AR's highly regarded guerrilla AR intervention into the Museum of Modern Art New York in 2010, and led their guerrilla intervention into the Venice Biennale in 2011 (See excerpt from Whitney Museum New Media Curator Christiane Paul's reference book Digital Art). Her official participations and commissions include venues such the Istanbul Biennale (official parallel project), the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, FACT Liverpool, Ars Electronica and the Zero1 Biennial in Silicon Valley. She has taught AR as an art form at the Berlin University of the Arts (Germany), Duke University (USA) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). As the head of packaging design for Thinking Machines Corporation in the mid-1980s she is on the Honor Roll of the IT History Society for the visual form of the Connection Machine CM-1/CM-2 and a co-holder of TMC's patent for a "Method for Interconnecting Processors in Hyper-Dimensional Array" for the Connection Machine CM-1 parallel supercomputer.She will accompany the development process as advisor in the areas of functionality and user interface.


copyright 2015 by Tamiko Thiel and Peter Graf