Realistic Shadows for Mobile Augmented Reality

by Tassio Knop, Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo and Luiz Velho


We describe a method to generate virtual objects with realistic shadows, either in indoor and in outdoor scenes. We create smooth shadows in real time on mobile platforms and discuss the possibilities, limitations and specific implementation details of these platforms.

We have developed a Mobile Augmented Reality system which generates, in real time, realistic shadows of virtual objects placed into real scenes, indoor and outdoor. This task is divided in two main parts:

We believe that this kind of realism will become an industry standard for Augmented Reality applications, since it enables a more powerful and immersive AR in vastly available devices, such as smartphones and tablets.


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Master's Thesis (portuguese)
Tássio Knop
Advisor: Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo
Co-advisor: Luiz Velho

Realistic Shadows for Mobile Augmented Reality. (portuguese)
[Castro, T.K.; Figueiredo, L.; Velho, L.]
XIV Symposium on Virtual and Augmented Reality. Niterói, May 2012.

Previous Work

Handheld Augmented Reality