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Augmented Reality

AR or Augmented Reality is where a HMD unit is worn by the user, not to block out the physical world, but to enhance it. At its simplest, AR may involve simple audio cues as you approach a particular location.

More complex AR offers the ability to track a person's head and eye movements, and overlay virtual images on or around physical objects.

See also: Mixed Reality

Below, we offer a selection of links from our resource databases which may match this term.

Related Dictionary Entries for Augmented Reality:

3D Participation




Artificial Silicon Retina



Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality Markup Language

Augmented Virtuality

BeiDou Navigation Satellite System

Bio Punk



Blob Detection

Body Hacker

Colocated AR

Colocated Augmented Reality

Context Aware Service




Diffusion MRI



Extent of World Knowledge








Heads Up Display

Heads-Up Display

Home Automation



Human Enhancement

Hybrid Simulation

Hyper Real


Interactive WhiteBoard

Intimate interface




Location Based Search

Location Based Service

Location Based Services

Location Based System



Machine Vision

Magnetic Field Sensor


Map Based Travel

Mixed Reality

Monocular Display

Near Field Communication

Negative Obstacle



Nomadic Computing

Non-Photorealistic Rendering


Object Recognition

Olfactory Sensor

Optical See-Through System



Pervasive Computing

Photoacoustic Imaging

Piezo Phototronics

Post-WIMP interface

Real Time Imaging

Reality-Virtuality Continuum

Realspace Imaging

Region Rendering

Registration Error

Registration Problem

Reproduction Fidelity

See Through Display

Sensor Fusion

Sensor Web


Simulated Sex

Smart Prosthetic

Solid State Compass


Spatial Data

Spatial superposition

Spatial Transformation

Spatially adaptive AR

Spatially Adaptive Augmented Reality

Structure From Motion Computation

Synthetic Environment

Tangible User Interface




Telesurgical Unit

The Sensor Web


Ubiquitous Computing

Unmediated Reality



Video Eyewear

Virtual Model Display

Virtual Studio

Virtuality Continuum

Visual Searching

Visuo Haptic Augmented Reality

Visuo-Haptic Mixed Reality


Wearable Computing

Wearable Device


World In Miniature


Resources in our database matching the Term Augmented Reality:

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Bad name puns aside, CamAR is exactly what it sounds like. Its an augmented reality camera system. Designed by Vuzix, it clips onto the outside of their VR920 virtual reality video eyewear, turning the 400 usd device into an augmented reality visor.

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Augmented Reality Basics: Magic Symbol
In myth and legend, a magic symbol is a pattern drawn on a physical object which possesses otherworldly powers; able to alter reality by creating protective circles, summon creatures to do the artist's bidding, or alter the structure of reality itself. Perhaps it is poetic that the same concept is now used as the keystone for augmented reality.

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Augmented Reality enables computer-enhanced work
An introductory level article on Augmented reality, not as in predicted futures, but as in some 2006 technologies in existance, and their impact on the world.

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Augmented Reality Goal System
FIFA, the international body overseeing the game of football, finally relents and agrees to two separate augmented reality technologies being used on the pitch to augment (or overrule) the referees decisions.

This book is dedicated to both virtual reality and augmented reality, as in how both apply to the manufacturing process. Everything from 3D visualisation and pre-manufacture prototyping to 3D printers and revolutionising the manufacture process.

This collection of academic works is over a decade old now. As such, its exploration of ?current? augmented reality applications, and means to attempt to integrate virtual and physical data, is often hopelessly dated.

Taking a look at some of the truly revolutionary developments in Augmented Reality systems occurring in 2007.

This book is a mixture between an explanation of the visual aspects of augmented reality ? virtual and physical data in the same display screen ? and a programmer?s / hardware guide to creating your own AR applications.

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Introduction to Augmented Reality: Hitlab
This promotional video by the Human Interface Technology Lab, is a little dated now, but serves as a good solid introduction to the possibilities inherent in augmented reality. High on visuals and demonstrations, low on technical specs.

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The Grill: Ray Kurzweil talks about Augmented Reality and the Singularity: Part 3
Part three of a three part phone interview with futurist Ray Kurzweil on the predicted technology singularity, and emergence of true virtual reality, and augmented reality, within our lifetimes.


Industry News containing the Term Augmented Reality:

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Augmented Reality is slowly becoming more prevalent within the industry. First Sony unveiled Invizimals for their PSP systems, which allows users to search for little monsters, collect them and then put them into battle.


Augmented reality is sort-of the ?hybrid of natural physical reality, and virtual reality. It combines the two as one reality as far as the user is concerned.

Augmented reality wearable displays have been about for some time ...

GPS may no longer have to be about following audio directions only, and looking at maps on your screen. Wikitude Drive for Android offers an augmented reality feature that lets you actually see the road ahead.

It represents t...

The Invisible Train, claiming itself as the first real multi-user Augmented Reality application for handheld devices has debuted, capable of running on PDA processing power alone.

The Invisible Train is a mobile, collaborativ...

Visitors to the Allard Pierson Museum will get to partake in an exhibit showcasing ancient Rome through augmented reality.

In "A Future for the Past," a swiveling iMac superimposes buildings and text onto two large pictures...