Chapter 1. Augmented Reality Concepts and Tools

Augmented Reality (AR) offers us a new way to interact with the physical (or real) world. It creates a modified version of our reality, enriched with digital (or virtual) information, on the screen of your desktop computer or mobile device. Merging and combining the virtual and the real can leverage a totally new range of user experience, going beyond what common apps are capable of. Can you imagine playing a first-person shooter in your own neighborhood, with monsters popping up at the corner of your street (as it is possible with ARQuake by Bruce Thomas at the University of South Australia, see left-hand side of the following screenshot)? Will it not be a thrilling moment to go to a natural history ...

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