Augmented Reality – Easy Navigation through Your Dreams

March 22, 2012 5 Comments by 3DBlog

Augmented reality is one of the most exciting innovations in the sphere of 3D technologies of our time. It produces an extremely strong emotional effect on not only average people but also on experts, ultimately making everyone tremble with joy. Many people catch themselves thinking that this technology is something beyond their dreams and this is true in its own way: augmented reality makes your dreams come true in the sense that you can see them clearly and even manage them easily. I believe that the main reason why this technology appeared was the people’s long-standing desire to add something non-existent or even something impossible to the real world environment.

Now let’s go through everything point by point.

Augmented reality is a visual blending of the real world environment and computer-generated 3D graphics, sounds, etc. It also includes adding virtual 3D objects to videos in real-time mode, laying supporting info over the images or photos of real objects, etc. Commonly this technology is used in desktops, smart phones, communicators, tablets and many other similar devices.

Modern technologies allow for reading images of the real world environment via cameras and analyze them using multiple algorithms of images processing: cameras transmit the video signal to computers where special programs process it and add 3D objects to the motion picture. So as you can see the process of augmented reality creation includes the following three fundamental stages:

• Video recording or getting video signal via camera
• Data processing using special programs and algorithms
• Laying virtual objects over the processed footage.

Augmented reality technologies have been rapidly growing during the last years and will apparently remain the key trend in the near future. Most experts and analysts share this forecast in general but at the same time they give notice that the future of augmented reality depends on many reasons: the growth and success of these technologies is wrapped up in marketing initiative of their developers in the sphere of e-commerce, gaming industry and mobile platforms. Technically, the growth of augmented reality projects requires the mass appearance of more efficient and cost-effective hardware solutions.

Fortunately, there is no need to wait for years to enjoy the capabilities of augmented reality. Even today there are a lot various ways to apply these new technologies, for example, motion recognition systems are used for touchless gesture interface management, which make exhibition booths interactive; layers of supporting information are laid over the picture captured from the camera of your mobile phone, expanding its functionality.

Among the great number of projects in this sphere, the most famous examples are:

Wikitude – Mobile augmented reality software which displays information about the users’ surroundings in a mobile camera view.

QR Codes – Barcode-like images that can be scanned by smartphones and showing up in magazine ads product shelves, billboards, etc.

Handheld game consoles Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita come with “AR Cards” allowing to play games which use device camera.

What other augmented reality technologies are going to appear in the near future? Most probably we’ll soon discuss machine vision, holographic technologies, simulated reality or even artificial intelligence!

5 Comments

  1. AJ says:
    Monday, March 26, 2012 at 1:19pm

    I think we’re all gonna live in a mixed reality very soon. The borders between the real world and fantasy will be erased.

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    • 3DBlog says:
      Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 5:14am

      Sometimes I think it’s already happening 😉

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  2. Tomek says:
    Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 3:51pm

    hey, this is awesome. the future is coming soon.

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    • 3DBlog says:
      Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 5:13am

      Hey Tomek, thanks a lot!

      Reply

  3. Nourdin says:
    Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 5:22pm

    nice. Will there be a list of supported Android deicves? I assume it’s necessary to test Wikitude Drive on most Android device with different os Version and screen sizes. since this apps Looks like a Game changer in the Navigation Space, I believe that it is high prio enough for handset providers provide you with test deicves. i would, if i was a handset provider!great work!!! Tom

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