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 scientist and researcher who has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed papers and eight books and has been involved with several standards bodies. Originally an astrophysicist, Alasdair now works as a consultant and journalist, focusing on open hardware, machine learning, big data, and emerging technologies, with expertise in electronics, especially wireless devices and distributed sensor networks, mobile computing, and the internet of things. He runs a small consulting company and has written for Make: magazine, Motherboard/VICE, Hackaday,, and the O’Reilly Radar. In the past, he has mesh-networked the Moscone Center, caused a US Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was at the time the most distant object yet discovered.

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