Intro to Augmented Reality (AR)
Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that allows a user to superimpose graphics and information onto their current view of reality in real-time. At present, the most popular AR applications are for use on smartphones. However, augmented reality is used in many more instances that may not immediately be perceived as AR. Think of the rear view camera in cars that help to guide the driver while backing up, or the grid guide on your smartphone camera that is used for getting the best photo composition, or even voiced directions from Google Maps—all are instances of utility-driven augmented reality.
L. Frank Baum wrote about “Augmented Reality” as early as 1901, with his electric character marker glasses that allow one to see who was labelled as good or evil . While Braum was ahead of the times, not until more recently have a majority of modern consumers become familiar with the term Augmented Reality. Earlier on this technology was only available to NASA and the military back in 1990. Applications ranging from NASA and the military for video map overlays back in 1999, to AR helmets for the outdoors demoed by Trimble inc. and HIT labs. But in 2020 augmented reality(AR) has been gaining popularity from its use by companies Niantic Inc. and Social media giants Instagram and Snapchat.
How did augmented reality move forward from being used by NASA, to seeing daily use internationally with apps like Pokemon Go, and What's the next step towards mass adoption of the technology?