Get Started with Augmented Reality...

Have you ever wondered how the infamous game Pokemon GO was built ?

The world of Augmented Reality is really beautiful. When you build up an app and see it working in real life where those virtual objects can be instantiated in your own room it is a feeling that can not be expressed in words.

What is Augmented Reality ?

“Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory and olfactory. AR can be defined as a system that fulfills three basic features: a combination of real and virtual worlds, real-time interaction, and accurate 3D registration of virtual and real objects.”

In simple words, Augmented Reality is the interactive experience where components of the digital world blend with the users of the real world.

Why Augmented Reality?

Before we discuss about how to start with it let’s talk about what is the benefit of getting into this field and what is the overall scope that Augmented Reality has :-
1. You can easily connect with your target audience and hence AR can be used in any industry.
2. Even the simplest apps look really cool and hence your projects get a lot of attention that they deserve.
3. Better interactive experience for the user brings an excitement in them to use.
4. Being a developer, the best part of Augmented Reality is that you immediately see the results after putting in some changes in your code and it brings an excitement in the creator as well.
5. It is not just limited to gaming anymore, AR/VR is being extensively used in marketing, healthcare, advertising and education industry.

What is the right time to start Augmented Reality?

There is nothing like a right time as such, you can literally start whenever you want to. If we are supposed to recommend you a particular time it would be to start in your first year or during your summer break so that you can learn and build a wider variety of projects over the span of your second year and then you can focus on placements/ internships and your DSA along with it to make your resume highlight better.

How to get started with Augmented Reality ?

Now that you know how great and important this field is let’s talk about how to get started if you are a beginner.

First you have to decide whether you want to make an android app or ios app. Then you need to decide the frameworks that you want to work with. For android we work with AR Core libraries provided by google and on the other hand for IOS we work with AR Kit libraries provided by apple.

After experiencing a couple of developer engines, I can rest assure Unity is the most versatile engine and you should definitely begin on unity.

To build up the basics, start by learning how to use unity. You would find plenty of resources on YouTube and go for whichever you understand better because everyone has a different form of development. However, the best place to learn unity would be Unity’s learn website itself. It has everything available for free and if you have the passion to learn you do not need to register for a paid course.

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