Posts Tagged ‘sdk’

LinkAR Store

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Step 1- In order to buy any of the licenses for our SDKs, first of all, you will have to go to the linkAR community on linkAR website. Once there, on the licenses step you have to tap new license in order to start the procedure. (Figure 1)

Figure 1. Step 1

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Virtual Buttons in Augmented Reality. Part II

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      Next step after users are able to interact with the Augmented information through touch-screen events is to provide them a more realistic interaction through touch events on the real object.  The idea behind this is simple. In addition to the already well-known objects placed in the real world to carry out an image or object tracking, where a video or a 3D object usually is layered, we suggest to add buttons to the scene which the user will be able to “virtually “press. Over the image to be tracked, one or more hot spots or hot areas are defined and over them several actions can be associated.

      Unlike in the previous entry in which we also talked about these virtual buttons, but the video showed a situation where they were placed in a static way, the next video talks about these virtual buttons as addition to the 3D Image tracking. With the introduction of these feature in the real scene, the user is able to press directly these buttons like he would do in a real device, with the difference that here these objects are augmented objects layered over the real environment instead of real objects, but the behavior will be the same.

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What does AR need to explode?

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This is a question that a lot of people ask about Augmented Reality. When is AR going to be fully spread? What does it need to finally become worldwide known and used? The question, in fact, is really simple: DEVELOPERS.

The technology has already proved itself, its main functionalities: image matching, tracking, motion detection, face tracking and recognition, geolocation, are really useful, can make alive the newspapers, pictures, paintings, even real objects. It can be applied to “augment” the info eyes see in tourism or education. It can make customers enjoy their brands and assist factory workers to ease their work. In short, AR introduces the users to a world where what they see is only the beginning.

So here comes the barrier, the big wall between the technology and its users… there aren’t many developers working on that. But why? although the technology is attractive and beautiful, it is challenge for any programmer, why?

To go deeper in the subject we need to analyze the current market options for the developer:

- Tremendously expensive solutions: there are packed AR solutions in the marker that provide developers the technology to build themselves their AR projects. Their SDK have good quality but are extremely expensive, impossible to afford for the medium developer or startup. Also in many cases restricted terms of use. The developer question here is: to use this technology which kind of customer do I need to have??? Or I have a big brand knocking my humble door or better to consider other options. Another problem of packed solutions is the lack of freedom. Migrating the developer of any platform into new software tools takes out the skills of the developers and his freedom to work in his natural environment.

- What about developing it from scratch? We need to consider that the computer vision and the 3d functionalities involved in AR are really complicated. It involves so many concepts from so many worlds that to reach a commercial level, being one single developer is kind of mission impossible. But even if so, does it deserve the effort? Let’s not forget that the important thing about a project for a customer or a killer app published in the market, is the idea, the app itself, the technology behind it is just an asset for the developer to reach his target. Let’s keep on moving, what about:

- Open Source solutions? In my opinion,there are very few quality in those available and are always incomplete. By incomplete I mean that they can maybe satisfy one or two main functionalities the developer need, but it is really difficult that they cover the developer´s full idea. Furthermore, what about documentation? sample codes? tutorials? support? This is like chickens and golden eggs, would be good to find them, but unfortunately  they do not exist :) Any other option?

- There are some apps that offer AR features but within them. That’s great and easy, but what about if I want my white label solution? I just want the technology to build my own killer app? I don’t want to depend on anyone, I just want to create it myself?

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