Augmented Reality

I attended a session on Augmented Reality (AR) at the TCC online conference yesterday. The presenter was Craig Kapp from NYU. Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality). Visit Craig’s blog for some really cool videos on augmented reality (http://blog.craigkapp.com/) including:

ZooBurst Augmented Reality Snowglobes (you print out a page and hold it up to your webcam to see a 3D image) 

Check out these free apps at the iTunes Store or Android Market!

·         Word Lens translates printed words from one language to another with your built-in camera in real time. I wish I had this to read road signs in Italy last month! Very cool!

 ·       Wikitude World Browser allows you to hold up your smartphone to explore your surroundings and the app will show additional interactive content and information about what you are looking at. Wow! FYI: “Wikitude, Layar, and Junaio are the most popular browsers designed specifically for AR. Having been on the market the longest, Layar is the most prevalent and offers the most content.”  (Daniel Hardt, Merging Worlds: Augmented Reality, http://en.sap.info/augmented-reality-layar-wikitude-junaio/46939/3)

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