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2. History and Origin of Augmented Reality
Augmented Reality is nothing but an enhanced version of the real world entities. It accommodates the use of various inputs that are generated via computers. The inputs can be in the form of images, sounds, graphics, videos etc.
The concept of Augmented Reality first originated in a novel of 1901 by Frank L Baum. It was a mere science-fiction notion and was referred to as a “character marker”. Character marker was a set of glasses that electronically delineated data on people. Unlike the character marker, augmented reality is actually a real concept today.
If we talk about the history of Augmented reality, the concept was discovered much earlier than the coining of the term. In 1957, a cinematographer named Morton Heilig, achieved Augmented reality to some extent. He invented a device that could deliver vibrations, smell, sounds and visuals to the user. He called it the Sensorama. The Sensorama was obviously not controlled by computers, but it is regarded as the first attempt to add additional entities to the real physical world environment.
The term Augmented reality was coined in 1990 by Thomas P Caudell.
Louis Rosenberg developed the first fully functional Augmented Reality setup in 1992 at USAF Armstrong’s Research Lab. His setup was a marvellous robotic, complex system named Virtual Fixtures. It was invented in order to indemnify the scarcity of high- speed processing power for 3D graphics.
After 1992, till today, the era of Augmented Reality has witnessed many notable benchmarks such as :
The development of ARQuake by Bruce Thomas in 2000. ARQuake was an Augmented Reality empowered outdoor mobile game.
The launch of the designing tool, ARToolkit by Adobe Flash in the year 2009.
The 2013 announcement of Google Glass, which was an open beta project.
The launch of HoloLens in 2015 by Microsoft, marking the company’s support towards the growth of Augmented Reality.
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