Appeared around 1992 with “fused reality” (Thomas Caudell and David Mizell created it at boeing), the concept of AR ( Augmented Reality) has started to become part of our daily life : cellphone, shopping, games, advertising…and many other uses are to be discovered. What is augmented reality ? Basically it’s merging virtual elements with real elements to create another vision of the reality. More concretely you may have seen it on tv during a match (on the ground for strategies or scores), in video games (eye toy or eye of the judgement for playstation) or on iPhone (with gps technology).
But the beginning of augmented reality in multimedia is the development of ARToolkit (computer vision tracking) by the Japanese Hirokazu Kato. And more recently (2009) Saqoosha adapted it for flash with FLARToolkit (Flash Augmented Reality Toolkit). It’s based on a markers which looks like QR codes but more simply (it doesn’t contain information) and more possibilities for design ( you can use anything inside the square shaped black border).
Here are some examples of what you can/could do with AR :