Augmented Reality Delivery Methods: AR Glasses And Mobile AR

by Itika Singhal

Augmented reality brings computing to your real world surroundings with the help of mobile AR and AR glasses.

How many of you are fascinated by Augmented reality and its applications? If you are Star Wars fan then you had your first AR experience when you saw princess Leia’s hologram jump out of R2 D2 and ask Obi-Wan for help! Let me put it straight, augmented reality coupled with artificial intelligence will bring many of your futuristic sci-fi movie experiences to life. However, even though Luke was able to see the hologram with his bare eyes, we have not yet reached that level of development and need a delivery method to witness the immersive experience.

Currently, we have two delivery methods for augmented reality.

  1. Augmented reality glasses or headset AR
  2. Mobile AR

Headset AR functions with the help of smart glasses. Remember Google glass?! Even though the device did not pick up due to lack of the popularity of the technology, google attempted to popularise Google glass much before it’s time. Facebook, with Project Aria, has kickstarted it’s research into human behaviour and reactions with the usage of AR glasses to be able to make a functional utility product. The technology companies are aiming at creating a stylish yet ergonomic design which people will be able to wear throughout the day. This will allow for wider augmented reality applications and integrate them seamlessly in our everyday life. 

Mobile AR technology has been much more experimented with these days. Components that are needed for a smartphone to function are the ones that are also needed to implement mobile augmented reality. To give you a basic idea, camera, accelerometer, gyroscope enables motion tracking whereas magnetometer and GPS enable location-based augmented reality. High-resolution displays which come by default these days in smartphones enhance the viewing experience. 

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