Book Description

With the explosive growth in mobile phone usage and rapid rise in search engine technologies over the last decade, augmented reality (AR) is poised to be one of this decade's most disruptive technologies, as the information that is constantly flowing around us is brought into view, in real-time, through augmented reality. In this cutting-edge book, the authors outline and discuss never-before-published information about augmented reality and its capabilities. With coverage of mobile, desktop, developers, security, challenges, and gaming, this book gives you a comprehensive understanding of what augmented reality is, what it can do, what is in store for the future and most importantly: how to benefit from using AR in our lives and careers.

  • Educates readers how best to use augmented reality regardless of industry
  • Provides an in-depth understanding of AR and ideas ranging from new business applications to new crime fighting methods
  • Includes actual examples and case studies from both private and government application

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Authors
  8. Foreword
  9. Chapter 1. What Is Augmented Reality?
    1. The Definition of Augmented Reality
    2. The Components of Augmented Reality
    3. A Brief History of Augmented Reality
    4. Augmented Reality Today: 2012
    5. The Differences Between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
    6. The Difference Between AR and QR Codes
    7. Challenges with AR
    8. The Opportunities for Augmented Reality
    9. Summary
  10. Chapter 2. The Types of Augmented Reality
    1. How Augmented Reality Works
    2. Augmented Reality Methods
    3. AR Display Technology
    4. Interaction in AR Applications
    5. Summary
  11. Chapter 3. The Value of Augmented Reality
    1. The Next User Interface
    2. The Uses of Augmented Reality
    3. Sports, Gaming, and Entertainment
    4. Education
    5. Maintenance and Repair
    6. Medicine
    7. Business and Commerce
    8. Summary
  12. Chapter 4. The Value of Augmented Reality: Public Safety, The Military, and The Law
    1. Public Safety, The Military, and The Law
    2. AR and Law Enforcement
    3. AR for Firefighters
    4. AR and The Military
    5. AR Satellite Finder
    6. AR Flight Tracker
    7. AR Ship Finder
    8. Augmented Reality and The Law
    9. Summary
  13. Chapter 5. Innovators and Organizations
    1. Introduction
    2. Companies Specializing in AR
    3. AR Tools
    4. AR Blogs
    5. Summary
  14. Chapter 6. Visions of the Future
    1. Introduction
    2. The Big Trends
    3. Technical Trends
    4. Future Concepts for Augmented Reality
    5. AR Contact Lenses
    6. Conclusions
  15. Glossary
  16. References
  17. Index