AR has long sounded like a wild, futuristic concept, but the technology has been around for years. It may not be as exciting as a virtual reality roller coaster ride, but the technology is proving itself as a very useful tool in our everyday lives.
Have you tried to catch Pokemons in recent years or to fit furniture in your room via IKEA app? That’s AR, and it has more far reaching areas of potential use. It is still in development and multiple engineers and tech companies around the world are working to enhance it. In the meantime, let’s find out what is Augmented Reality, and let’s start with this vision by Magic Leap. Exciting! From social media filters to surgical procedures, AR is rapidly growing in popularity because it brings elements of the virtual world, into our real world, thus enhancing the things we see, hear, and feel.
AR is all about superimposing computer-generated images on top of your view of reality, thus creating a composite view that augments the real world.The term itself was coined back in 1990, and one of the first commercial uses were in television and military. With the rise of Internet and smartphones, AR rolled out its second wave and nowadays is mostly related to an interactive concept. 3D models are directly projected onto physical things or fused together in real-time, various augmented reality apps impact our habits, social life and entertainment industry.AR apps run the gamut from interactive map overlays and virtual showrooms to massive multiplayer skirmishes. More and more ARKit apps are rolling out on Apple’s iOS and on Android.
AR apps typically connect digital animation to a special ‘marker’, or with the help of GPS in phones pinpoint the location. Augmentation is happening in real time and within context of the environment, for example overlaying scores to a live feed sport events.There are 4 types of augmented reality today:
- Markerless AR
- Marker-based AR
- Projection-based AR
- Superimposition-based AR