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.
Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer, and journalist who has recently been spending a lot of time thinking about the Internet of Things, which he thinks is broken. He is the author of a number of books and sometimes also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things or deploying sensors to measure them. A couple of years ago, he rolled out a mesh network of five hundred sensor motes covering the entirety of Moscone West during Google I/O. He’s still recovering. A few years before that, he caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time, which caused several class-action lawsuits and a US Senate hearing. Some years on, he still isn’t sure what to think about that.
Alasdair sporadically writes blog posts about things that interest him or, more frequently, provides commentary in 140 characters or less. He is a contributing editor for Make magazine and a contributor to O’Reilly Radar. Alasdair is a former academic. As part of his work, he built a distributed peer-to-peer network of telescopes that, acting autonomously, reactively scheduled observations of time-critical events. Notable successes included contributing to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered, a gamma-ray burster at a redshift of 8.2.
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