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Developing AR Games for iOS and Android by Dominic Cushnan, Hassan EL Habbak

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Smartphones and augmented reality

As we have established, the concept of augmented reality is an old one. It is even woven into the pop-culture in sci-fi movies as old as we can remember. Augmented reality as a technology did not reach the mainstream till quite recently. In the past, augmented reality was considered a niche, because of the expensive setup it needed to function. Augmented reality is demanding when it comes to hardware. It needs a camera to view the world with, computational power to calculate and render the augmented content, and a way for the user to interact with the virtual content. All of this was difficult to attain for mainstream users.

Today, almost everyone is walking around with very capable computers in their pockets able ...

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