Hey guys and welcome to a fun and easy introduction to Augmented Reality
What is Augmented Reality
You all know iron man. Now if you look closely from Tony Stark’s perspective, you’d see that he has this stack of floating information in his view. This digital information is augmented with the user’s environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it.
You’ve also seen popular apps such as Pokémon go and played around with snap chat filters which are other forms of Augmented Reality.
What is Vuforia?
Now lets take a look at what Vuforia is. Vuforia is an Augmented Reality Software Development Kit (SDK) for mobile devices that enables the creation of Augmented Reality applications. It uses advanced Computer Vision technology to recognize and track planar images (Image Targets) and simple 3D objects, ground planes, in real-time.
This image registration capability enables developers to position and orient virtual objects, such as 3D models and other media, in relation to real world images when these are viewed through the camera of a mobile device. The virtual object then tracks the position and orientation of the image in real-time so that the viewer’s perspective on the object corresponds with their perspective on the Image Target, so that it appears that the virtual object is a part of the real world scene.
So in a nutshell Vuforia makes implementing Augmented Reality app easy for anyone to get started without having t o redevelop all the complex detection and tracking algorithms that are incorporated in the Vuforia SDK. I see a lot of potential in this SDK, and that is why I am teaching this cause as anyone can just get started with AR without complex coding.
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