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Experiments with Augmented Reality

This week in Theory and Audience Analysis, we discussed Augmented Reality(AR). Initially, I didn’t know much about AR, but now I do. The Wikipedia definition of Augmented reality is:

“a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented 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.”

Basically it’s adding images through special techniques or programs over top of things actually seen in Reality. This technique can actually be pretty cool and helpful in adding a little pop of interactivity. For example, there is a video that shows how a national geographic museum could be more interactive using AR (check out the video here)

I decided to try to make my own AR game. I found an easy to follow tutorial (check out the tutorial here)that uses Adobe Flash to accomplish the task. The first time around I used a Marker (which actually looks like a QR code) provided through the files I downloaded. While using the web cam, it recognizes the Marker and displays a 3D image coded in ActionScript. Check out the video below:

Then I tried changing the globe image to my name…it worked out pretty well:

Next I made my own AR Marker using an image I made in Photoshop. You can learn how to make your own marker here. I used the Marker to display a 3D cube:

Pretty cool, right? I will continue to experiment with AR applications because I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of these applications in the future!

Augmented Reality Analysis

This week in Theory and Audience Analysis graduate course we are discussing augmented reality. The following questions are those I want to answer this week throughout discussion.

What exactly is augmented reality? How closely associated is the term with reality or virtual reality?

Can augmented reality games be used to help with societal problems? Besides having fun, can augmented reality games serve a bigger purpose?

What elements are combined to produce augmented reality games?
What does the future hold for augmented reality?