Not long ago, virtual reality was the futurists' "mot du jour" before the underwhelming takeup of VR gloves, headsets and Second Life.
Now, in 2009, I'm sure you've noticed, augmented reality featuring widely in the media. So as an update to for the next editions of my books, this post gives a definition and showcases some examples. I'd love to hear about other examples too - particularly where AR is being used for web marketing.
Definition of augmented reality marketing
It's tricky to define AR since it's new and has many different applications and feedback mechanisms from data capture to user. But here's the one sentence definition of how I see it used in commercial web context - please put me straight!
Augmented reality blends real-world digital data capture typically with a digital camera in a webcam or mobile phone to create a browser-based digital representation or experience mimicking that of the real-world
Examples always work better than definitions, so here are 3 to start.
3 examples of augmented reality for web marketing campaigns
1. Glasses Direct - augmented reality in retail
This was the first augmented reality app I tweeted about a couple of months ago. At 50Mb it's a huge download, but worth the wait if you're buying glasses from your desktop
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