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Types of Augmented Reality

Augmented reality, or AR, is a type of immersive technology that integrates virtual content into the real world. It can alter the appearance of the natural world, or enhance it by adding additional information, like GPS directions in a live-streamed view of the road or constellations in the sky. AR is frequently used in applications such as mobile gaming, travel and tourism as well as design and home improvement, manufacturing, and education.

There are a variety of types of AR that each have their distinct advantages and drawbacks. The most common AR type is one that uses tablets or smartphones together with an application to create augmented reality. This includes features such as the possibility to try on virtual clothes, display navigation steps on a physical map in the front of your eyes, check whether the new piece furniture is suitable for your house, and more.

Other forms of AR combine computer vision with headsets for a more realistic experience. This includes a camera that detects the real world, like tablets or smartphones, and then overlays virtual content over it. One example is SkyView, the SkyView app, which allows you to point your device towards the sky and show you where the planets, stars, constellations, and satellites are currently located, both in the day and at night and from different areas of the world.

Markerless Augmented Reality is another alternative that doesn’t require pre-defined markers to track. This technology uses SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) which utilizes accelerometers, time, GPS, and compass information to determine its position in space. This type of AR is available in products like Google Glass and Microsoft HoloLens, as well as some other smartphones and tablets.