Augmented reality has been around for many years, but it wasn’t until the emergence of smartphones equipped with GPS, camera and AR capability that AR came into its own among the public. Augmented reality technology combines the digital world with the real world in the form of live video imagery that is enhanced with computer-generated graphics. AR can be experienced through headsets and displays on mobile devices. The number of AR apps available for the android and iOS devices has expanded dramatically, and are not limited to just games. Retailers are showing tremendous interest in the possibilities of using AR for their business.
Handheld AR Equipment: There is a list of AR software development kits available for Android smartphones and Apple’s mobile devices. These kits give developers the tools needed to add AR elements to their apps.
AR Headsets: Although devices like Microsoft’s HoloLens or Facebook’s Oculus headset are quite expensive. Other companies have started offering headsets at a third of the price the high end headsets like the HoloLens. Most AR headsets operate while tethered to a PC, but it won’t be too long before untethered headsets will be available in the market.
Early PC, smartphone and tablet applications for augmented reality focused on games, but AR has much broader uses in the real world. The possible commercial and educational applications are unlimited.
Augmented Reality in 3D viewers:
This allows users to put life-size 3D models in their environment with or without the use of trackers. Trackers are the simple images that 3D models can be linked to in Augmented Reality. Popular 3D viewers include AUGMENT and Sun Seeker.
Augmented Reality in Browsers:
The AR browsers can enhance users’ camera display with contextual information. For example, when you point your smartphone at a building, you can see its history or estimated value. Examples of these type of browsers include Argon4, AR Browser SDK and more.
Augmented Reality Games:
AR Gaming software is probably the most common type of App. These apps create mesmeric gaming experiences that use your actual surroundings. Some of the popular AR games include Pokémon Go, Parallel Kingdom, Temple Treasure Hunt, Real Strike, Zombie Go, etc.
Augmented Reality GPS:
AR applications in smartphones generally include Global Positioning System (GPS) to spot the user’s location and its compass to detect device orientation. Examples: AR GPS Compass Map 3D, AR GPS Drive/Walk Navigation.
Augmented Reality is a technology that has changed the face of smartphone apps and gaming. AR adds digital images and data to amplify views of the real world, giving users more information about their environments.
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