The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (which surely has one of the greatest names for a major professional society!) this month “features” the book Understanding Augmented Reality written by friend of the blog, Sensei Alan Craig.
I’ll just briefly note that this is probably the best informed and thoughtful discussion of Augmented Reality as a medium (rather than a gee whiz technology).
If you actually want to understand Augmented Reality, in it’s many forms, this is a good place to start.
Dr. Craig actually knows what he is talking about, and he’s not selling some particular product or technology.
Check it out.
From December 2015 ACM Learning Center Bulletin:
“Featured MK Title: Understanding Augmented Reality
According to author Alan B. Craig, technology that supports augmented reality will come and go, evolve and change. The underlying principles for creating exciting, useful augmented reality experiences are timeless. Understanding Augmented Reality addresses the elements that are required to create compelling augmented reality experiences, covering core conceptual issues regarding the medium of augmented reality as well as the technology required to support compelling augmented reality. By addressing AR as a medium at the conceptual level in addition to the technological level, the reader will learn to conceive of AR applications that are not limited by today’s technology. At the same time, ample examples are provided that show what is possible with current technology.
This is just one of more than 400 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress in ACM’s eBook collection, covering the most bleeding-edge topics in computing, such as Big Data, Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction, Parallel Computing, and more. The books are available in PDF (and some in ePub) and are downloadable to your desktop, laptop, tablet, and any popular eBook reader on your mobile device. All members (Student and Professional) can access them through the ACM Learning Center eBook catalog as well as the ACM Digital Library.”
- Alan B. Craig, Understanding Augmented Reality: Concepts and Applications, San Francisco, Morgan Kaufman, 2013.