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Emerging Technologies: Augmented Reality

A guide to technologies that are appearing in professional literature and professional blogs that may be of current or future use in libraries, archives or museums in Alaska.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) refers to using a mobile display to impose information from the virtual world on an object you are looking at. The simplest example of augmented reality are the first-down lines put on the field during televised football games.

For the end user AR can be as simple has pointing their mobile device camera at an object and experiencing the related content on their screen. On the back end it can mean a lot of tagging of images and occasionally some programming.


Example Uses


Video - Quick Introduction to Augmented Reality

This eight minute TED talk from Matt Mills and Tamara Roukaerts demonstrate some of the basics of augmented reality using an application called Aurasma. It tends towards the theatrical but does begin with an art gallery like setting.

Video: Alaskan Augmented Reality Artist

May 2014 Alaskan Public Media profile of augmented reality (AR) artist Nathan Shafer. He created some AR works for Anchorage's Centennial Celebration 2015. 

Video - Using Augmented Reality in Shelf Reading

The Wertz Library at the University of Miama has begun using an experimental augmented reality application called ShelvAR. The latest news on this project appears to come from their Facebook page.

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