Hands on with the future of augmented reality: Qualcomm Vuforia ‘Smart Terrain’


Qualcomm’s Vuforia division continues to impress me each year at CES. We already showed you some of the newer apps utilizing the Vuforia platform, but now it’s time to look at the future. Qualcomm Vice President of Business Development, Jay Wright, gave me a glimpse of Vuforia “Smart Terrain” and it blew me away.

With Smart Terrain, apps can see real world objects and calculate their height, weight, and depth to build visuals for interaction. With just a few objects, you can literally create your own battlefield. Just aim a smartphone or tablet equipped with a 3D camera at the objects and this app will map out a 3D grid around them. You have to see it to believe it.

Check out this hands on video after the break and be amazed.

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Hands on with augmented reality apps utilizing Qualcomm Vuforia at CES 2014


CES is full of hardware, but there is some really cool software as well. We always get together with the Qualcomm Vuforia augmented reality team to see what cool stuff they have, and as usual, they treated us to some very innovative stuff. Last year at this time, there were over 2,500 augmented reality apps using the Vuforia platform, and this year there are now over 4,000 (for both Android and iOS). From education to helping you decide what size TV you can place in your living room, the possibilites with augmented reality apps are limitless.

Here at CES 2014, Qualcomm Vice President of Business Development, Jay Wright, showed me a really cool coloring app for kids called CalAR Mix and Sony’s “What TV – Sony Buying Guide” that lets you see if that 75-inch TV is going to fit in your living room.

Hit the break for the very cool video.

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Hands on with Qualcomm Vuforia Augmented Reality based apps [Video]

Last year I had a chance to see what Qualcomm Vuforia was doing with augmented reality, and I was so impressed that I had to see where things are 12 months later. To refresh your memory, Vuforia was created by Qualcomm for developers that want to utilize augmented reality in their apps. Things are going pretty well as there are over 2,500 apps available (Android and iOS) from developers in 130 countries, and there are over 40,000 registered developers. Last year we saw an app from Sesame Street, and this year they are back with a really cool educational app that I know my son is going to love. They also showed off what can be done for med students and retail catalogs. Check out the video after the break

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