What is Augmented Reality?

Millions of people in the world do not know the definition of Augmented Reality and most of them are not aware of it. But, do we all know what "Pokemon Go" is?

Of course, we do, if you played Pokemon Go you experienced the Augmented Reality.

"Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory and olfactory." This is the wiki definition of Augmented Reality, and I know it is not well descriptive...

Augmented Reality is a type of technology that you can combine the real world and computer-generated models or graphical content. But yet, this definition is also very broad and basic, there many parameters and functionalities generated by many AR companies and developers. Some complex properties which are far away from daily jargon are that AR enables us to optimize the digital content in a way that our perception would be amazed if it is real or not.

To understand those optimizations we need to know the basics of photography and visualization mechanisms that AR capable devices have. For instance, most of the smartphones are equipped with acceleration sensors and also many other sensors that will analyze the structure of the visuals they get from the camera. Those "space identifiers" or you can call them "space descriptors" will take the data from the camera and analyze them to enable us to put or animate computer-generated models into the real world.

Augmented Reality researches and implementations accelerated when those descriptors were capable of generating advanced data from visual devices such as smartphone cameras. We cannot deny that Pokemon Go popularized the application with millions of downloads, but yet it was not the perfect implementation. But, Pokemon Go has popularized and made a great implementation of one of the AR branches which is the location-based AR applications. Those applications are made of a data set based on the real-world coordinates and also the altitude approximations. Nobody can argue that

Pokemon Go was the best application and example of that branch.

With the help of the new cutting-edge developments on the hardware side, we are now able to create perfect AR applications, and even some of them are amazing that it can mislead our perception. If you trust your instincts and curious about amazing AR applications I suggest you to play Real Or AR game from Dr. Helen Papagiannis, she posts stories on Instagram and lets you vote on them and you need to decide if it is AR or real. If you want to have some fun, I got another suggestion for you. There is a Lamborghini app that you can visit the Lamborghini headquarters and you can view cars with perfect precision, they even simulated a test drive for you! 

Have a great Augmented Day!

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