Augmented Reality is the process by which the components in the real world are combined (or augmented) with virtual elements to deliver an alternative reality and here are five interesting titbits to know about AR.
The term was first coined back in 1990 by an employee of Boeing, a company which extensively used AR technology in HUD (head-up displays) in aircrafts where its ability to allow pilots to view complex data on terrain proved invaluable.
Augmented reality has taken off (pun intended) with the help of apps that have flooded the market for various mobile platforms and which rely on the handsets ability to superimpose virtual data with the real world by using compass, sensors, camera or even the GPS system.
Another market that is set to make good use of augmented reality is the gaming market with a number of publishers having already confirmed that they will be making good use of the forthcoming Playstation Move and the Xbox Kinect to allow gamers to blend virtual decors with their very real laminated floors.
And if you want to experience augmented reality on the move and hands-free, telecommunications giant NTT Docomo and Olympus have showcased a prototype that allows the user to display data on any glasses without getting too distracting.
A more recent application of augmented reality has been to find a more creative way of presenting a traditional CV; sprucing it up with (virtual) multimedia elements to attract the attention of employers out there. and CWJobs has just launched the world's first AR CV and they're even running a competition to give two IT jobseekers the opportunity to get their own augmented reality CVs, produced by a crack team of designers, animators, video editors and developers. In addition, they will receive £500 worth of Amazon vouchers and their AR CV will be distributed to more than 2,500 IT recruiters. More about that here.