Wikipedia explains augmented reality as
“…a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data…..in which the view of reality or real life is digitally modified”
Think of this as if you are looking at a flower and someone places a transparency in front of your eyes and on that is a large photo of a bug. AR adds a layer of information floating in another level. This is not to be confused with alternate reality which is considered like a parallel universe. Virtual reality is a computer simulated environment that mimics real world.
So how is it used? One new educational company http://arflashcards.com/ has a deck of alphabet cards, when scanned a figure pops up from the card. The figure is on the card that correlates to the first letter of the word. So scanning the A card an alligator graphic might pop up. The new IKEA catalog has pages that can be scanned for additional information. One page offers an image of a sofa that you can move around your home to see if you like the fit before you buy it.
There are apps that I have seen used on an iPad to view AR created materials:
- IKEA Catalog 2013 app – scan certain pages to see furnishings come alive or videos about products.
- String – download the targets here to play: http://www.poweredbystring.com/
- Aris – to create an adventure
- ZooBurst – for the PC to create pop-up style books – FREE
- NASA Spacecraft 3D – mixed reviews of moving robots and vehicles from NASA
- StarWalk – hold your device up to the sky and see constellations appear along with other sky info.
Sites for more information about Augmented Reality
- Flashcards for learning the alphabet: http://arflashcards.com/arflashcards/
- Imaginality: http://bit.ly/1adg74m
- Augmented Reality videos: http://bit.ly/1adggEE
- Cybraryman’s page of AR resources: http://cybraryman.com/augmentedreality.html
- TripWire Magazine offers 45 Brilliant Augmented Reality iPhone Apps http://bit.ly/13xK1wF
- Marco Tempest Magic of Augmented Reality as a TED talk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4pHP-pgwlI
- The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: (http://morrislessmore.com/) https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imag-n-o-tron-fantastic-flying/id534396897?mt=8
- Website iPhonness has 32 articles about Augmented Reality and how it is used on the iPhone
- 40 Best iPhone Augmented Reality apps: http://bit.ly/1ad8fj3
- AR Expo in June: http://augmentedworldexpo.com/
- Two Guys and Some iPads - http://bit.ly/14meZ70
- The Future of Tech: http://bit.ly/14mfiyS
- Kleinspiration blog: http://bit.ly/14mlhUl
- Wiki I created with more resources: http://cfpmsaugreal.wikispaces.com/home
- http://infinityar.com/ - The Company is the first augmented reality software platform to connect universally with digital eyewear, smartphones and tablets, integrating multiple devices into one platform.
Applications to create Augmented Reality products
ARIS – to create an AR game: http://arisgames.org/blog/
Aurasma Studio: https://studio.aurasma.com/home
This is so much more to AR than what is listed above. It is a changing technology daily! To stay focused on this topic is very difficult and time consuming. Just follow the link in #11, Two Guys and Some iPads! They are on the pulse of AR and using it in the classroom. Watch for their solar system app real soon.