Computer games and video games have been entertaining us for almost 30 years, ever since PlayStation One video game console was introduced back to 1986 and was released in Japan and other countries on December 1994.

After that, computer graphics have become more advanced and developed to a high degree of complexity since then. And now, developers, engineers and researchers are obtaining the graphics out of the computer display and turn them into live direct and indirect view of physical world environments.

What is Augmented Reality?

Some people already know what AR is all about, but some of the people don’t.

This current technology, called Augmented Reality (AR) which unite the real and the virtual world by overlaying digital information on to real-world views. It enhances and creates super computer-generated contents based on the real-world environment of what we see, hear, and feel. It is almost and consider closer to the real world environment.

Augmented reality adds graphics, audio, haptic feedback and other components which related to the real world as it exists. Currently, computer games, video games and smartphones are actively the development of augmented reality. With augmented reality displays, it changes the way we view the world; which enhance and reflects the view.

How does Augmented Reality work?

AR applications are commonly use one of these two approaches:

1.  Location-based

Location Augmented Reality Playme AR

Location-based applications use the ability of a particular device to record its position in the world and then offer data that’s relevant to that location: finding your way around a city, remembering where you parked the car, naming the mountains around you or the stars in the sky. Example: Car Finder Augmented Reality

2.  Marker-based


Markers work by having software recognize a particular pattern, such as a barcode or symbol, when a camera points at it, and overlaying a digital image at that point on the screen. If the image is (3D) three-dimensional or animated, the effect is of a digital experience unfolding on the surface upon which the pattern is printed. Example: Click here

A special example would be how IKEA uses augmented reality to bring their furnitures to life using only a print of paper laying on the floor. These can be seen below, whereby a user would view the furniture from their mobile apps and decide if the furniture fits the home environment or not. The picture is placed on the floor and from the tablet users can view the life 3D model of the chair in the living room. How awesome is that?



These are all the many things that can be done with augmented reality and how it can improve the overall experience of our everyday lifestyle and also further showcasing experiences that is not possible without augmented reality!

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