Jun 16

augmentedrealityOn ThinkArtificial.com someone posted a message about Augmented Reality. This technique can be used on mobile phones for instance, to display extra information on the screen when using the phone camera to film the surrounding buildings for example. With the upgraded hardware of the iPhone 3GS this technology can become a reality.

What does wiki tell us about Augmented Reality:

Augmented reality (AR) is a field of computer research which deals with the combination of real-world and computer-generated data (virtual reality), where computer graphics objects are blended into real footage in real time.

At present, most AR research is concerned with the use of live video imagery which is digitally processed and “augmented” by the addition of computer-generated graphics. Advanced research includes the use of motion-tracking data, fiducial markers recognition using machine vision, and the construction of controlled environments containing any number of sensors and actuators.”

The video below shows what augmented reality looks like on the iPhone.

Gizmodo says this feature will not be found in the AppStore anytime soon:

“It’s running slowly, but once Apple releases a video [API for the iPhone] SDK, performance should get to 20-30 frames/second. We’ve all seen the awesome 3D games that can run on the iPhone, so fast AR applications will also be possible in the future, with all that multi-touch goodness thrown in as well.”

You must realise that this was posted back in August 2008, and by now we have the new iPhone 3GS who is capable of making videos and has much more processing power, especially when it comes to the graphics.

The video below shows the Google phone Android with this technology implemented. It’s sort of a commercial and it is in Dutch, but you get the idea by watching the video.

So the question remains: will we see an App that has the ability to use AR?

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