Augmented Reality – Increase the User Experience of Your App Users

Augmented reality (AR) is a technology used to give life to non moving elements in real time. While using this technology, you can create a real world environment across you when developing mobile or web apps.

The elements which are non moving are augmented by computer generated sensory input such as videos, sound, graphics, GPS data and many more. Augmented reality gives a sense of illusion or virtual reality to digitally rendered images or any thing.

How does Augmented Reality Work?

With the help of computer aided graphics, developers can add an additional layer of information to making things more understandable or more interactive. If we talk on a technical level, the methods by which AR is achieved, can generally divided into two categories i.e marker-based and markerless.

Marker-based - Marker-based augmented reality is when the tracked object is black-white square marker. In marker-based AR apps, the images (or the corresponding image descriptors) are provided earlier. So this makes the things easy to know exactly what the application should recognize while acquiring camera data.

Most of the AR apps dealing with image recognition are marker-based. Why? Because it’s much more simple to detect things that are hard-coded in your app. So marker-based is a very basic version of AR apps.

Markerless - Markerless augmented reality is when the tracked object can be anything else that are movies, human body, picture, head, eyes, hand, fingers or anything that you want to assume and on top of that you can add virtual objects also. A marker-less AR apps recognizes images that were not provided to the application beforehand. Markerless AR apps are much more difficult to implement because the recognition algorithm running in your AR app should identify patterns, colors or some other features that may exist in camera frames.

For example if your algorithm is able to identify dogs, it means that the AR app will be able to trigger AR actions whenever a dog is detected, without providing images with all the dogs in the world (training a database for example) when developing the application.

Here I am showing some examples of AR apps developed at CDN Mobile Solutions. cdnAR is one of our demo mobile app, developed using AR technologies. To use this app, you have to just download an image going through this link http://www.cdnmobilesolutions.com/handbag.jpg and take a printout of the same. Now download cdnAR app.

When your downloading is complete, simply open the camera of your smartphone. View the image from your camera, you can also adjust to see the image in 3D. Now, when you rotate the paper of image, you will see the object is moving as per the rotation.

We have also developed location based social media sharing app and fun animal AR apps using AR technology that enables the user to plant virtual messages, videos, images at a particular location in an AR platform.

To sum it up, position and orientation information is the essential thing for Augmented Reality that can be provided by various sensors and methods for them. If you have the accurate information – you can create some really good AR apps. So as we show, we have a good hand in AR technology, and if you want to develop or make your mobile apps more interactive and increase the user experience of your app users, you can contact us here anytime.

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