UAV and smartphone-based 3D modeling integration with augmented reality (AR) animation

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Semih Sami Akay
Orkan Özcan


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly referred to as drones, have increasingly become an essential tool in various domains, from agriculture to entertainment. One of their most transformative applications lies in the realm of 3D modeling. By utilizing high-resolution cameras and state-of-the-art sensors, smartphone and UAVs can capture spatial data from the environment, facilitating the generation of detailed 3D models of landscapes, structures, and objects. These models, in turn, can be seamlessly integrated into the domain of Augmented Reality (AR) to offer an immersive and interactive experience. This fusion of UAV-based 3D modeling with AR technology is not only pushing the boundaries of what's possible in various industries but also reshaping the way we interact with the digital and physical worlds. Also, UAVs can soar over regions that are either inaccessible or difficult for humans to reach, capturing a myriad of perspectives and angles. This ability ensures that the resultant 3D models are comprehensive, accurate, and rich in detail. On the other hand, AR technology superimposes digital information onto the real world, through devices such as smartphones, tablets, or AR glasses. When these precise 3D models generated by UAVs are embedded into AR environments, users can virtually explore, analyze, or manipulate these models within a real-world context. The symbiotic relationship between smartphone and UAV-based 3D modeling and AR holds promise for a multitude of applications. Whether it's for urban planning, entertainment, historical site preservation, or education, the merging of these two groundbreaking technologies is paving the way for innovative solutions and captivating experiences. This journey will delve into the intricacies of how smartphone and UAVs create 3D models and how these models find their application in the captivating world of AR. In this study, human 3D model was animated with different motions on building 3D model.


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Akay, S. S., & Özcan, O. . (2023). UAV and smartphone-based 3D modeling integration with augmented reality (AR) animation. Advanced UAV, 3(2), 91–99. Retrieved from


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