Augmented Reality 101

Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries)

Location-aware augmented reality applications, where objects are injected into a real-world view based their location relative to your own position, as well as marker-based applications, where the real-world view is interpreted in real time and objects are placed in the view based on unique real-world markers, have rapidly become one of the killer applications on both the Android and iOS platforms.

This talk is a beginner’s guide to AR, covering both location-aware and marker based, and discusses how the handset’s in-built sensors are used to generate AR views inside mobile applications. It also provides pointers to AR SDKs, libraries, and code samples, that you can then use to build your own AR toolkit, which can be extended and reused in your own projects and applications.

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Alasdair Allan

Babilim Light Industries

Alasdair Allan is a director at Babilim Light Industries and a scientist, author, hacker, maker, and journalist. An expert on the internet of things and sensor systems, he’s famous for hacking hotel radios, deploying mesh networked sensors through the Moscone Center during Google I/O, and for being behind one of the first big mobile privacy scandals when, back in 2011, he revealed that Apple’s iPhone was tracking user location constantly. He’s written eight books and writes regularly for, Hackaday, and other outlets. A former astronomer, he also built a peer-to-peer autonomous telescope network that detected what was, at the time, the most distant object ever discovered.

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  • Google
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  • Facebook
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  • MapQuest
  • Microsoft Corporation

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