It was this video that made me excited about Augmented Reality.
Being a snowboarder I fell in love with this use case and can’t wait to try this out or even build something like this in the future.
Day 1 – Who, What, Where, When & Why
I am a complete newbie at this point and my goal to learn all I can about Augmented Reality in 2017.
Diving into AR will be a challenge I’m not used, but I’m up for it as this technology is very interesting and the use cases are only limited by imagination.
This post is intended to capture my learning process, the resources I find and use along the way and any thoughts I have. If you have any suggestions or tips for me, leave a comment below or find me on Twitter.
At this point, I’ve had limited exposure to Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality. I’ve seen a few videos and read a few articles so when I say I’m a newbie, I mean it. I’m starting from scratch.
The rest of this post begins to describe my journey into AR and cataloging the various helpful resources I am collecting to help me learn. I hope you find these helpful if you find yourself on this same path to learning all you can about Augmented Reality.
What is Augmented Reality?
I thought it would be a good idea to capture the definition of what AR is and then start to get into the use cases, and then the mechanics of using this technology.
Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer.
Augmented Reality Influencers & Experts
My first instinct was to find others in this industry and start consuming information and building my social network in this industry.
I started off looking on Twitter for Augmented Reality influencers to follow them to keep up to date on the leading edge. You can see my growing list here. These people are a wealth of knowledge in this growing industry and I hope to start building relationships with them as I get deeper into this world of AR.
Augmented Reality Youtube channels
Here are a few youtube channels I found that had great tutorials on Augmented Reality.
I’m fascinated by the use cases that Augmented Reality can address. It brings some very new advanced visualization capabilities with real-time data synchronized into the physical world and use cases at this point are only limited by imagination.
After doing a little more reading, it seems that Unity3d is the best place to start. I’ve started to learn about Unity 3d software, downloaded it to my PC to start playing around and getting familiar with the Interface. I’m also exploring Google Tango as i’m going to focus on smartphone AR rather than headsets considering these hardware products are not cheap.
Augmented Reality Headsets & Hardware
From what I have learned, AR hardware is still in its infancy. Smartphones are more mainstream and then there are the wearable headsets. Headsets are still very new and developing fast.
From what I have read so far, the missing link on most of the smartphones outthere today is the need for dual cameras. Dual cameras will help provide the platform on which to expand fully into AR on smartphones.