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Ketan Parmar
Ketan Parmar (aka KPBird) is software engineer with 7 years experience, He is passionate about Java (SE,EE,ME),Android,BlackBerry, Grid Computing, Big Data, UI/UX and Open Source

Android Augmented Reality


“Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.” – Wikipedia

Basically, Augmented Reality provides extra information over real-world object or place. For example, watch this video

Augmented Reality is a combination of two technologies:

  1. Computer Vision
  2. Computer Graphics (3D/2D)

Augmented Reality includes two processes:

  1. Identify Real-World Object or Place
  2. Display extra information. Information can be Simple Text,2D/3D Object, Animated Object, Touchable / clickable object,etc..


Following illustration generalise the execution process of Augmented Reality Application. Process starts with camera input and ends with rendering virtual object on screen. Augmented Reality continuously looks for tracker/object in input frames as and when tracker finds, it will display virtual object on screen.

Augmented Reality

Popular Applications

  1. Augment -3D
  2. Junaio Augmented Reality
  3. Aurecmedia – Augmented Reality
  4. Layar
  5. Satellite AR

Popular Business Domain 

  1. Marketing
  2. Shopping
  3. Education
  4. Medical / Health
  5. Entertainment
  6. Publishing

Popular SDKs for Development

  1. Qualcomm Vuforia
  2. Metaio
  3. Total Immersion D’Fusion
  4. Wikitude
  5. String
  6. ARLab

Metaio vs Vuforia

 Metaio  Vuforia
iOS  Yes  Yes
Android  Yes  Yes
Web  Yes  No
GPS  Yes  No
IMU Sensors  Yes  No
Cloud Support  Yes  Yes
Content API  OpenGL, in-house 3d renderer  OpenGL only
Unity (3D)  Yes  Yes
 ID Marker  Image
 Picture Marker  Cylinder
 Markerless  Text Recognition
 Markerless 3D  Frame Marker
 LLA Markers  Custom
 QR & Barcode  Virtual Button
Non-Optical Tracking
 GPS/ Inertial Sensors  No
 Dummy  No
Type  Free + Commercial  Free + Cloud Service Charges


Reference: Android Augmented Reality from our JCG partner Ketan Parmar at the KP Bird blog.
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