WHAT IS AUGMENTED REALITY?
As the name suggests, Augmented Reality (AR), The Digital Innovation lets you experience the real world in a new way by overlaying it with interactive digital images and information. A prime example of consumer AR is Pokémon Go.
Augmented Reality has been judged as one of 2016’s hottest trends. Augmented reality is increasing in popularity with both Apple and Google releasing their own AR developer kits. The concept behind it is pretty simple, overlay the physical world with cool graphics that appear to occupy the same space as you.
AR was thrown back into the spotlight in July 2016 with the launch of Pokémon Go, which overlaid the mini-beasts bobbing about in the real world for players to catch.
It’s time to understand the real and present impact of Augmented Reality (AR) technology. Thanks to powerful smartphone hardware and software, AR can be taken out of your pocket and used in the blink of an eye after downloading an app.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF AR:
The first AR device was born in the late 60s. Called the Sword of Damocles and created by Ivan Sutherland at Harvard University.
Research into AR continued well into the 90s where it really flourished and much experimentation was done in the military and in space programs like NASA. It wasn’t until phones could handle the processing power required by AR that it started to really show up in the consumer space with QR code scanning and apps.
In the 2000s, German researchers, now lauded as pioneers in augmented reality, were the first to create a framework to run AR on a mobile device.
Apple’s iPhones really put AR on the map, mostly because the components were finally of the right quality. While Apple’s system doesn’t rely on specialist hardware, as with Google’s Tango, and may lack some of the skills that dedicated sensors afford, ARKit is due to roll out to not only Apple’s anticipated next iPhone but also on smartphones as old as the iPhone 6S from 2015.
Apple’s ARKit is what AR badly needs. With a sizeable addressable market consisting of iPhones and iPads with A9 or A10 chips (iPhone 6S and beyond), it offers developers immediate scale and incentive to invest.
AR IN FUTURE:
Augmented reality has actually been around for a long time. One of the first real-world deployments of augmented reality technology was within the Military, whereby pilots would be equipped with goggles that display a discreet layer of radar data in order to optimize missile attacks. The potential of AR is vast, particularly within the education sector.
AR apps offer the potential to support location-based learning practices by layering data over real-world objects. There are already examples of AR apps that enable users to translate text information into different languages. This type of technology is likely to have a massive influence in terms of enabling consumers to learn new languages faster.
Augmented Reality also offers the AR Home Design. Design your dream home developed with ARkit, the new technology of Augmented Reality. The design your home interior with Bed, sofa, chairs, tables, plants etc in this first version of the game. More décor items will be added to next updates. Use the furniture to design your home!
Show your creativity and Interior designing skills. Design your room or apartment the best you can.
NOTE: This is a free game, developed with ARkit. It’s the very 1st version of the game, if you want any changes, please suggest. Your reviews and suggestions mean a lot to us. Thank You.
It has also been confirmed by anonymous sources that Apple has an Augmented Reality Group which is working on some kind of glasses or goggles. It’s Apple so glasses then and the device is slated for a 2018 launch.
Whatever the use and form augmented reality takes headsets, smart glasses, apps, even contact lenses – it’s clear there’s a real future in it. Now the race begins to see whose reality we’ll be living in.
REASONS WHY AUGMENTED REALITY WILL BE A FUTURE BATTLEGROUND
Augmented reality is increasing in popularity with both Apple and Google releasing their own AR developer kits.
1. RECENT LAUNCH OF APPLE AR KIT:
Apple bets on the future of Augmented Reality with the release of Apple AR Kit. It allows developers working on AR apps to integrate digital experiences into the physical world. However, App will not work properly for Apple Phones Below than iPhone 6s. The apps will work perfectly with iOS 11 which is launched together with the iPhone X, Apple’s latest smartphone.
2. SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS BLEND AUGMENTED REALITY:
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat are working towards blending augmented reality into their platforms. Facebook is working on AR smart glasses to harness the power of Augmented Reality into its platform. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, has referred to Augmented Reality as the next computing platform.
3. VARIOUS MOBILE APPS UTILIZING AR:
Several Apps are already using Augmented reality and more will update to the AR capabilities; Software developers and game programmers are working towards developing apps based on the idea of augmented reality. Hence Pokemon Go is the best example of Augmented Reality.