What is Augmented Reality?
Augmented reality or just AR is the end result of computer-generated imagery layered atop an existing reality which creates an illusion and provides you with multiple options to interact with virtual objects. AR technology has been successfully used in mobile games and apps as well. Some apps even allow bringing digital components and options from the screen the phone into our world to enhance user experience.
Augmented reality for everyday use
Many perspicacious producers, marketers, and developers continue to discover more and more advantages and opportunities of AR applications. The technology quickly gains rep points and becomes one of the mainstream leaders. Modern tech giants like Microsoft or Google are already working on advanced solutions to incorporate AR into everyday life. At this rate, stuff like holograms or motion-activated commands should become a common thing soon enough.
How does AR work?
You already know that in order to make AR work you will need a tool: a laptop, smartphone, or tablet will do. In addition to that, you are going to need an application to do certain things with AR. But there is one link missing in this explanation which is vital to understanding the whole picture. We’re talking about the actual technology behind the process. Any portable device requires an automatic method to calculate where are you looking or pointing your camera at. In other words, it requires precise tracking of angles and positions to make Augmented Reality believable.
Ways to use AR
When it comes to tracking, the simplest idea that comes to mind is to use GPS or other analogs that use satellite navigation. Another option is to use Wi-Fi spots for tracking information. These solutions are good to some extent as they can provide you with information about the place (the point on the map) you’re at. In general. But if you would like to know more, for example, when viewing each individual piece at the museum, you will find out that GPS is not that precise to let an application to do the job. In this case, you have to rely on optical tracking.