Best New Augmented Reality Books To Read In 2021


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Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

New Trends in Immersive Technology

This book features the latest research in the area of immersive technologies, presented at the 6th International Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Conference, held in online in 2020. Bridging the gap between academia and industry, it presents the state of the art in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies and their applications in various industries such as marketing, education, health care, tourism, events, fashion, entertainment, retail and the gaming industry.The book is a collection of research papers by prominent AR and VR scholars from around the globe.

Covering the most significant topics in the field of augmented and virtual reality and providing the latest findings, it is of interest to academics and practitioners alike.


Digital Anatomy

Applications of Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Reality

This book offers readers fresh insights on applying Extended Reality to Digital Anatomy, a novel emerging discipline. Indeed, the way professors teach anatomy in classrooms is changing rapidly as novel technology-based approaches become ever more accessible. Recent studies show that Virtual (VR), Augmented (AR), and Mixed-Reality (MR) can improve both retention and learning outcomes. Readers will find relevant tutorials about three-dimensional reconstruction techniques to perform virtual dissections. Several chapters serve as practical manuals for students and trainers in anatomy to refresh or develop their Digital Anatomy skills.We developed this book as a support tool for collaborative efforts around Digital Anatomy, especially in distance learning, international and interdisciplinary contexts. We aim to leverage source material in this book to support new Digital Anatomy courses and syllabi in interdepartmental, interdisciplinary collaborations. Digital Anatomy – Applications of Virtual, Mixed and Augmented Reality provides a valuable tool to foster cross-disciplinary dialogues between anatomists, surgeons, radiologists, clinicians, computer scientists, course designers, and industry practitioners. It is the result of a multidisciplinary exercise and will undoubtedly catalyze new specialties and collaborative Master and Doctoral level courses world-wide. In this perspective, the UNESCO Chair in digital anatomy was created at the Paris Descartes University in 2015 (www.anatomieunesco.org). It aims to federate the education of anatomy around university partners from all over the world, wishing to use these new 3D modeling techniques of the human body.



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Reality Check

How Immersive Technologies Can Transform Your Business
Discover THE next big competitive advantage in business: learn how augmented and virtual reality can put your business ahead. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are part of a new wave of immersive technologies that offer huge opportunities for businesses, across industries and regardless of their size. Most people think of AR or VR as a new development in video gaming like Pokémon GO, or an expensive marketing campaign by the Nikes of the world.
The truth is, businesses of any size can put these new technologies to immediate use in areas that include:- Learning and development- Remote collaboration and assistance- Visualization of remote assets and environments - Sales and marketing- Consumer behaviour research Reality Check dispels the common misconceptions of AR and VR, such as them being too expensive or not easily scalable, and details how business leaders can integrate them into their business to deliver more efficient, impactful and cost-effective business solutions. The up and coming voice of AR and VR for businesses, Jeremy Dalton, uses case studies from organizations all over the world including Cisco, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, La Liga and Vodafone to showcase the practical uses of immersive technologies. Reality Check makes cutting-edge technology accessible and grounds them into the everyday workings of normal businesses. It is your one-stop non-technical guide to incredibly exciting new technologies that will deliver results.



Augmented Reality

Unboxing Tech's Next Big Thing
Slated as ‘the next big thing in tech’, augmented reality promises to take the screen out of our hands and wrap it around the world via ‘smart spectacles’. As a pervasive, invisible interface between the world and our senses, AR offers unparalleled capacity to reveal hidden digital depths, but it also comes at a cost to our privacy, our property, and our reality. In this crucial and provocative book, Mark Pesce draws on over thirty years’ experience to offer the first mainstream exploration of augmented reality.He discusses the exciting and beneficial features of AR as well as the issues and risks raised by this still-emerging technology – a technology that moulds us by shaping what we see and hear. Augmented Reality is essential reading for anyone interested in the growing influence of this impressive but deeply concerning technology. As the book reveals, reality - once augmented - will never be the same.


Unity 2020 By Example

A project-based guide to building 2D, 3D, augmented reality, and virtual reality games from scratch, 3rd Edition
Learn Unity game development with C# through a series of practical projects ranging from building a simple 2D game to adding AR/VR experiences and machine learning capabilities in a simple yet effective way Key Features Gain a high-level overview of the Unity game engine while building your own games portfolio Discover best practices for implementing game animation, game physics, shaders, and effects Create fully featured apps, including Space shooter and a 2D adventure game, and develop AR/VR experiences and Game AI agents Book Description The Unity game engine, used by millions of developers around the world, is popular thanks to its features that enable you to create games and 3D apps for desktop and mobile platforms in no time.With Unity 2020, this state-of-the-art game engine introduces enhancements in Unity tooling, editor, and workflow, among many other additions. The third edition of this Unity book is updated to the new features in Unity 2020 and modern game development practices. Once you've quickly got to grips with the fundamentals of Unity game development, you'll create a collection, a twin-stick shooter, and a 2D adventure game. You'll then explore advanced topics such as machine learning, virtual reality, and augmented reality by building complete projects using the latest game tool kit. As you implement concepts in practice, this book will ensure that you come away with a clear understanding of Unity game development. By the end of the book, you'll have a firm foundation in Unity development using C#, which can be applied to other engines and programming languages. You'll also be able to create several real-world projects to add to your professional game development portfolio. What you will learn Learn the fundamentals of game development, including Game Objects, components, and scenes Develop a variety of games in C# and explore the brand new sprite shaping tool for Unity 3D and 2D games Handle player controls and input functionality for your Unity games Implement AI techniques such as pathfinding, finite state machines, and machine learning using Unity ML-Agents Create virtual and augmented reality games using Unity VR and AR Foundation Explore the cutting-edge features of Unity 2020 and how they can be used to improve your games Who this book is for If you are a game developer or programmer new to Unity and want to get up and running with the game engine in a hands-on way, this book is for you. Unity developers looking to work on practical projects to explore new features in Unity 2020 will find this book useful. A basic understanding of C# programming is required.Table of Contents Exploring the Fundamentals of Unity Creating a Collection Game Creating a Space Shooter Continuing the Space Shooter Game Creating a 2D Adventure Game Continuing the 2D Adventure Completing the 2D Adventure Creating Artificial Intelligence Continuing with Intelligent Enemies Evolving AI using ML-Agents Entering Virtual Reality Completing the VR Game Creating an Augmented Reality Game Using AR Foundation Completing the AR game with the Universal Render Pipeline


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The Struggle for a Human Future

5G, Augmented Reality, and the Internet of Things
With its wireless networks encompassing the globe, the Digital Revolution is altering the very fabric of our lives with alarming rapidity. New technologies are bringing about an ever-closer union between human beings and machines, whilst at the same time transforming our planet into an increasingly hybrid “cyber–physical” world.  The current rollout of fifth-generation wireless communication networks―5G―is central to the project to create a global “electronic ecosystem” in which we will all have to live.This will provide the basis for an all-pervasive “Internet of Things” and the widespread integration of augmented and virtual reality into human experience.  But what genuine human needs will this serve? Does the planet really need to be made “smart”? Could our health and that of other living creatures actually remain unaffected by exposure to escalating levels of electromagnetic radiation?  As we enter a new era of extreme technology―driven by a momentum that seems beyond the constraint of any spiritual or moral consideration―both human beings and nature face an unprecedented challenge. Jeremy Naydler states that this is a challenge that can be met only by reaffirming essential human values and recovering a sacred view of the natural world. From this grounding, we can work toward a truly human future that, rather than creating even more pollution and toxicity, will bring blessing to the natural world to which we belong. C O N T E N T S: Introduction 1. Technology and the Soul2. The Quest for the Pearl3. The Advent of the Wearable Computer4. 5G: The Multiple Assault5. Bringing Light to the World NotesSourcesBibliographyIndex


Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song

Absolutely Augmented Reality
Kuzma Vostrikov and Ajuan Song’s Absolutely Augmented Reality takes as its subject the intersection of fine art, photography, and the idea of authorship through a series of richly saturated, theatrical, and symbolic images that use costume, character, and allegory to create a sense of exploration and melancholic intrigue. In this dream world of strange and alluring portraiture, the viewer is delighted by a host of archetypal images, hybrid creatures, surreal motifs, and canonical postures, as well as inversions of iconic art historic references.Appealing to fine art, design, and photography fans alike, this new book features some one hundred color images from Vostrikov and Song’s previously unpublished collaborative work. Alongside the photographs it features a brief introductory text by art historian Rosa J. H. Berland and critical essays by art critic Anthony Haden-Guest and Lilly Wei, as well as two interviews with the artists conducted by Iona Whittaker and Arnau Salvadó.


New Perspectives on Virtual and Augmented Reality

Finding New Ways to Teach in a Transformed Learning Environment
New Perspectives on Virtual and Augmented Reality discusses the possibilities of using virtual and augmented reality in the role of innovative pedagogy, where there is an urgent need to find ways to teach and support learning in a transformed learning environment. Technology creates opportunities to learn differently and presents challenges for education. Virtual reality solutions can be exciting, create interest in learning, make learning more accessible and make learning faster.This book analyses the capabilities of virtual, augmented and mixed reality by providing ideas on how to make learning more effective, how existing VR/AR solutions can be used as learning tools and how a learning process can be structured. The virtual reality (VR) solutions can be used successfully for educational purposes as their use can contribute to the construction of knowledge and the development of metacognitive processes. They also contribute to inclusive education by providing access to knowledge that would not otherwise be available. This book will be of great interest to academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the field of educational technology.


Augmented Reality in Education
This is the first comprehensive research monograph devoted to the use of augmented reality in education. It is written by a team of 58 world-leading researchers, practitioners and artists from 15 countries, pioneering in employing augmented reality as a new teaching and learning technology and tool. The authors explore the state of the art in educational augmented reality and its usage in a large variety of particular areas, such as medical education and training, English language education, chemistry learning, environmental and special education, dental training, mining engineering teaching, historical and fine art education.Augmented Reality in Education: A New Technology for Teaching and Learning is essential reading not only for educators of all types and levels, educational researchers and technology developers, but also for students (both graduates and undergraduates) and anyone who is interested in the educational use of emerging augmented reality technology.


Hymn Of Modernity

Machine Learning, Augmented Reality, Big Data, Qubit, Neuralink and All Other Important Vocabulary It's Time to Know
Are you a truck driver, a trader, a manager or just curious how to keep your job in the future where technology rules ? Because let's agree, Automation, Data and 3D Printers are not going to leave you alone. It's finally time to get introduced to: AICLOUDQUANTUM COMPUTINGBIG DATA BLOCKCHAINCYBERSECURITYMISSION MARS 2022And much more...After you are done reading this book you will turn into a shark of the deep waters of modern economy. This tiny book will arm you for the future of the job market. Glad to see you join the Holy Grail of 2020-2030s.


Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
This book features the latest research in the area of immersive technologies, presented at the 5th International Augmented and Virtual Reality Conference, held in Munich, Germany in 2019. Bridging the gap between academia and industry, it presents the state of the art in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies and their applications in various industries such as marketing, education, healthcare, tourism, events, fashion, entertainment, retail and the gaming industry. The volume is a collection of research papers by prominent AR and VR scholars from around the globe.Covering the most significant topics in the field of augmented and virtual reality and providing the latest findings, it is of interest to academics and practitioners alike.


Reality Bytes

Innovative Learning Using Augmented and Virtual Reality
Transform teaching and learning with AR and VR in your classroom. We're at the dawn of an incredible transformation in education. Augmented reality and virtual reality--technologies that were once the province of science fiction and fantasy--are faster, better, and more affordable than ever. These tools have the potential to not only inspire students but to redefine how we teach and collaborate. But widespread adoption of AR and VR in K-12 classrooms requires taking risks, investing money and time, and training educators.Reality Bytes makes the case for taking this leap by showing how educators are using these amazing technologies, and it provides a powerful framework to help anyone, in any school, join them. The innovative educators profiled are already designing learning experiences using AR and VR that supercharge student motivation, encourage creativity, and make otherwise impossible educational adventures accessible to all. You can do the same, using easy-to-implement resources that will revolutionize how you approach instruction. Equip your students with the skills they'll need in the future--today. Reality Bytes opens the doors to tools for meeting every student no matter where they are. This book outlines the power that AR and VR have in building empathy and growing critical worldviews and perspectives. Christine, Jesse, and Micah cast an exciting vision for the future of education! --Ken Shelton, educational strategist, equity and inclusion consultant Creating engaging lessons that successfully integrate technology can be challenging. Reality Bytes is here to help with tons of images, classroom stories, and ideas that will help you create student-centered lessons that allow your students to experience content in a whole new way. No matter the grade level, there is something for everyone in this wonderfully immersive book. --Alice Keeler, teacher, edtech expert, Google Certified Innovator While you won't see Winona Ryder's name on the cover of this book, you will find some star power in it--the power to create star learners in our classrooms using cutting-edge tools! Reality Bytes will you give you the tools, the pedagogy, and a practical framework to bring the new reality of learning into your classroom. --Kasey Bell, author of Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic


Managerial Challenges and Social Impacts of Virtual and Augmented Reality
The increase in smartphone usage and new technologies embedded in smart devices have led to innovative developments and applications throughout a variety of industries. However, new techniques such as spatial augmented reality are becoming more affordable for business, allowing consumers to experience and interact with the world as they never have before. AR and VR have vast implications for management and can allow companies to increase their sustainability and reduce their CO2 footprint.Managerial Challenges and Social Impacts of Virtual and Augmented Reality is a pivotal reference source that provides vital research on the applications of VR, AR, and related technologies from the perspectives of managers and marketers in the industry and discusses the social impact of these technologies. While highlighting topics such as consumer analysis, privacy ethics, and relationship marketing, this book is ideally designed for managers, marketers, technology developers, managing directors, business professionals, academicians, students, and researchers seeking current studies on the evolution of interactive technology.


Enterprise Augmented Reality Projects

Build real-world, large-scale AR solutions for various industries
Design end-to-end AR solutions for domains such as marketing, retail, manufacturing, tourism, automation, and training Key Features Use leading AR development frameworks such as ARCore, ARKit, and Vuforia across key industries Identify the market potential of AR for designing visual solutions in different business sectors Build multi-platform AR projects for various platforms such as Unity, iOS, and Android Book Description Augmented reality (AR) is expanding its scope from just being used in mobile and game applications to enterprise.Different industries are using AR to enhance assembly line visualization, guide operators performing difficult tasks, attract more customers, and even improve training techniques. In this book, you'll gain comprehensive insights into different aspects of developing AR-based apps for six different enterprise sectors, focusing on market needs and choosing the most suitable tool in each case. You'll delve into the basics of Unity and get familiar with Unity assets, materials, and resources, which will help you build a strong foundation for working on the different AR projects covered in the book. You'll build real-world projects for various industries such as marketing, retail, and automation, in a step-by-step manner. This will give you hands-on experience in developing your own industrial AR apps. While building the projects, you'll explore various AR frameworks used in the enterprise environment such as Vuforia, EasyAR, ARCore, and ARKit, and understand how they can be used by themselves or integrated into the Unity 3D engine to create AR markers, 3D models, and components of an AR app. By the end of this book, you'll be well versed in using different commercial AR frameworks as well as Unity for building robust AR projects. What you will learn Understand the basics of Unity application development and C# scripting Learn how to use Android Studio along with ARCore and Sceneform to build AR prototypes for Android devices Enable AR experiences on the web with ARCore and WebAR Explore emerging AR authoring tools such as Augmented Class! for education Understand the differences and similarities between handheld and head-mounted display (HMD) environments and how to build an app for each target Become well versed in using Xcode with ARKit and SceneKit to develop AR portals for iOS devices Who this book is for This book is for anyone interested in emerging and interactive technologies or looking to build AR applications for any domain. Although, no prior augmented reality experience is required, having some skills in object-oriented programming (OOP) will be helpful.Table of Contents Introduction to AR and How It Fits the Enterprise Introduction to Unity for AR Development AR for Manufacturing with ARCore AR for Training with WebAR and Augmented Class! AR for Marketing with EasyAR AR for Retail with Vuforia AR for Automation with Vuforia and AR Glasses AR for Tourism with ARKit


Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education, Art, and Museums
Due to the growing prevalence of artificial intelligence technologies, schools, museums, and art galleries will need to change traditional ways of working and conventional thought processes to fully embrace their potential. Integrating virtual and augmented reality technologies and wearable devices into these fields can promote higher engagement in an increasingly digital world.Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education, Art, and Museums is an essential research book that explores the strategic role and use of virtual and augmented reality in shaping visitor experiences at art galleries and museums and their ability to enhance education. Highlighting a range of topics such as online learning, digital heritage, and gaming, this book is ideal for museum directors, tour developers, educational software designers, 3D artists, designers, curators, preservationists, conservationists, education coordinators, academicians, researchers, and students.


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