Understanding Augmented Reality, 1st Edition

Concepts and Applications

Understanding Augmented Reality, 1st Edition,Alan B. Craig,ISBN9780240824086


Morgan Kaufmann




Augmented Reality deconstructed. Gain a core understanding of what this powerful emerging technology is, and how it can be applied to real world problems.

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Key Features

    • Explore the different techniques, technologies and approaches used in developing AR applications. This book helps untangle the seemingly endless different approaches that are being taken in the market today.
    • Learn from the author's deep experience in virtual reality and augmented reality applications to succeed right off the bat, and avoid many of the traps that catch new developers and users of augmented reality experiences.
    • Some AR examples can be experienced from within the book using downloadable software
    • Associated website http://www.understandingaugmentedreality.com/ includes: additional cool application examples available for download, links to interesting applications, and videos that support the points being made in the book.


    Augmented reality is not a technology. Augmented reality is a medium. Likewise, a book on augmented reality that only addresses the technology that is required to support the medium of augmented reality falls far short of providing the background that is needed to produce, or critically consume augmented reality applications. One reads a book. One watches a movie. One experiences augmented reality. Understanding Augmented Reality addresses the elements that are required to create compelling augmented reality experiences. The technology that supports augmented reality will come and go, evolve and change. The underlying principles for creating exciting, useful augmented reality experiences are timeless.

      Augmented reality designed from a purely technological perspective will lead to an AR experience that is novel and fun for one-time consumption-but is no more than a toy. Imagine a filmmaking book that discussed cameras and special effects software, but ignored cinematography and storytelling!  In order to create compelling augmented reality experiences that stand the test of time and cause the participant in the AR experience to focus on the content of the experience - rather than the technology - one must consider how to maximally exploit the affordances of the medium.

    Understanding Augmented Reality addresses core conceptual issues regarding the medium of augmented reality as well as the technology required to support compelling augmented reality.  By addressing AR as a medium at the conceptual level in addition to the technological level, the reader will learn to conceive of AR applications that are not limited by today’s technology.  At the same time, ample examples are provided that show what is possible with current technology.


    Primary: College students and faculty in the fields of Engineering, Computer Science, Digital Media.  Developers, Human-Computer Interaction Professor, Graphic Designers, Research Director, Technology Director, New Media Director, Digital Artist, Game Developers, Mobile App Developers, Programmers.

    Secondary: Advertising, Marketing, Entertainment fields.

    Level: Beginner 

    Information about this author is currently not available.

    Understanding Augmented Reality, 1st Edition

    • Chapter 1  What is Augmented Reality?
    • Chapter 2  Augmented Reality Concepts
    • Chapter 3  Content is Key! Augmented Reality Content
    • Chapter 4  Augmented Reality Hardware
    • Chapter 5  Augmented Reality Software
    • Chapter 6  Interaction in Augmented Reality
    • Chapter 7  Mobile Augmented Reality
    • Chapter 8  Augmented Reality Applications
    • Chapter 9 The future of Augmented Reality

    Quotes and reviews

    "…Craig, an expert on data visualization, supercomputing, and augmented and virtual reality, offers a work intended for AR users, scholars, and developers. The introductory chapter discusses the history of AR and provides a detailed description of how the technology allows the user to interact with the (augmented) world. The rest of the book covers topics of interest to both users and developers…"--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013
    "This book offers great support for courses on human-computer interaction, interaction design, usability, and video game design, and could serve as a fundamental textbook for augmented reality courses. It will also be a valuable reference for augmented reality researchers and practitioners."--ComputingReviews.com, September 30, 2013

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