Embedded vision technology is enabling new capabilities in augmented reality (AR) applications. AR differs from virtual reality (VR) in the sense that real-world images are overlaid or combined with virtual images, whereas virtual reality is an entirely immersive environment.
Embedded vision plays a critical role in VR applications too, but AR is a far more commercially viable technology at the moment, with potential uses in a wide range of industries. With embedded vision capabilities, AR in its current form would not be possible.
Augmented Reality Applications
As a relatively new technology, AR is still making its way into a number of different industries and applications. In the industrial sector, for example, workers on an assembly line can wear AR glasses to get real-time assembly instructions for the parts they’re presented. This minimizes error and improves productivity.
However, AR can be used in many different ways, including:
- Education and training
- Navigation and heads-up displays
- Sports broadcasting
This is far from an exhaustive list of potential AR applications. However, you can see that AR is a useful technology in any industry where somebody needs real-time directions, or for novel new ways of engaging someone.
Best Practices in Embedded Vision and Augmented Reality Design
When creating an AR application, there are general best practices every developer needs to follow. First and foremost, computer generated images have to align with the real-world scene using virtual markers, and these images must be realistic and intuitive. Anything short of this will defeat the purpose of AR.
Also, rendered light and shadows also have to match real-world lighting and shadows as they change. Virtual objects need to match the image quality of real-world displays, and any markers used for placement should be hidden from the end user.
Achieving all of this is no small task, but the latest embedded vision technology is helping AR developers create realistic, helpful and entertaining AR applications in a wide range of industries.
Embedded vision is helping enable AR technology in it current form. A fundamental part of the AR process, embedded vision will continue to lift AR to new heights as developers create more uses for AR technology.
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