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Prototyping Augmented Reality by Tony Mullen

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Introduction

Augmented Reality (AR) is a term used for a wide range of related technologies aimed at integrating virtual content and data with live, real-time media. The idea of AR is to mingle what is not really there with what is there as seamlessly as possible, and to present users with an enhanced, or augmented, display of the world around them. The nature of the augmentation could be anything from a textual display of data overlaid on real scenes or objects to complete, interactive 3D graphical scenes integrated into real ones.

AR depends crucially on hardware that is able to capture information about the real world, such as video, position data, orientation data, and potentially other forms of data, and also able to play back a display ...

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