The technical advances in the last years, like fast processors, rapid data transmission, better displays and enhanced miniaturization, permit applications based on augmented reality to be processed on a smartphone or a tablet computer. Thus, such applications penetrate more and more into the everyday world. They are mostly designed for marketing, sales and advertising; many are simply playing around, just to demonstrate the possibilities of the new technology.
In industry, augmented reality applications have been used for quite some time. However, the necessary hardware is complex, such as special camera systems, sensors, displays and eye-tracking devices. Therefore, the applications are limited to specific areas. Continue reading →