Not so long ago, augmented reality (AR) was an experimental technology that rarely left the lab and required a high level of technical expertise and knowledge to create new applications. Now, thanks to advances in smartphone hardware, AR technology is much more available and easily accessible for users and developers alike.
A new state-of-the-art TechWatch report looking at Augmented Reality for Smartphones is now available for comment:
Augmented Reality for Smartphones (PDF).
It is primarily aimed at developers and content publishers who want to take advantage of the latest developments in smartphone and augmented reality (AR) technology to create novel and exciting new learning experiences. With several innovative young companies offering out the box AR “browsers” and tools for creating, publishing and hosting virtual content, it is even possible to create augmented reality experiences without any programming knowledge at all. Many new applications and frameworks have been launched, each with its own set of capabilities and requiring different levels of technical knowledge to publish content and customize the interface. This new report will help readers navigate the emerging landscape and pick out the best tools and platforms for their needs.
This report has already been peer reviewed by experts in this field. However the review process for this report also includes time for user-review of the document prior to formal publication and so we would welcome any additional comments readers have. Please post any comments you have in response to this post and they will be considered before the final version is released.
Comments will be open till Friday 6th May 2011. After that the final version of the report will be released.