How to get screen x & y position of object on a 3D space?

Hello I´m working on an interactive 3d flock.

The idea is to be able to grab and click over the 3d boids. For that I don´t know how to get the x and y position of object that have x, y and z position…

Any idea?

The code is here on my blogs:

you have 2 options:

  1. the non OpenGL, ugly way: render your scene also to an FBO with no depth test and giving every object an rgb code; then you can test your mouse coordinates against the fbo, get the rgb code you’re over and decide which object are you pointing. Let me repeat that this is *UGLY*, but it works and, under particular conditions, can be useful (it saved my day a couple times), so I’m passing it on.

  2. the OpenGL, right way: gluProject() and gluUnProject() will do the trick; look here (9.100 and 9.110) to learn more

Thanks Nasea:

I got it work using:

bool Boid::isOver(int x, int y){  
	GLdouble _x = 0;  
	GLdouble _y = 0;  
	GLdouble _z = 0;  
	GLint viewport[4];  
	GLdouble mvmatrix[16], projmatrix[16];  
	glGetIntegerv(GL_VIEWPORT, viewport);  
	glGetDoublev(GL_MODELVIEW_MATRIX, mvmatrix);  
	glGetDoublev(GL_PROJECTION_MATRIX, projmatrix);  
	gluProject(loc.x, loc.y, loc.z,  
			   mvmatrix, projmatrix, viewport,  
			   &_x, &_y, &_z);  
	_y = ofGetHeight() - _y;  
	if ( ofDist(x,y,_x,_y) <= sc * 4) return = true;  
	else return false;  

I don´t know why the _y was inverted… so I have to change it to make it work.
Thanks one more time!

you’re welcome :slight_smile:

i think the inverted y might be because of OF’s screen setup