This is the most common form that you probably think of when you think of Augmented Reality. Using a tablet/mobile device, you hold it up, look at the screen and information is placed on top of the live feed. From the Guinness World Records 2015 book (where things appear out of the page) to the applications that I’ve been studying such as York Churches. There are many different ways to augment sight.
Above is a video of the York Churches app. The thing about sight is it tends to be very….visual. So, the best way to show how sight is deployed in Augmented Reality is to show it. Watch the video and then we’ll have a brief chat….
The thing that visual Augmented Reality applications can do is they can provide a higher level of impact than other forms of Augmented Reality. Often, you can describe what a building used to look like, but it’s another thing to see it. Similarly, with the York Churches App, it can be difficult with a traditional paper guide to find exactly the object that the text is referring to. By using a visual medium, it is much easier to find what you’re looking for.
In the future, beside the continuation of audio guides, I believe that visual Augmented Reality is going to become the most prevalent and useful of the forms of Augmented Reality. You only have to look at the development of Google Glass to get an idea of that.
I doubt this will be the last time that I talk about Augmented Reality in terms of the visual aspect. However, I hope this provides a brief introduction to the subject.