Back in December 2008, I first saw an Augmented Reality demo built on the then-new FLARToolKit for Flash. About a month later, a deeper look appeared courtesy of Japanese coder Saqoosha. While it was definitely high on the cool factor, the real-life implementations didn’t really show up until a French company launched an iPhone app called Metro Paris Subway in August 2009. Since then, AR has made a slow move toward the mainstream, with its most famous current tool being Yelp.
To get a full-blown insider’s view of current state of AR, we took our TechDrawl cameras over to Blair MacIntyre’s Augmented Environments Lab. Blair and his team are hard at work in many areas of AR, including gaming and creating an open source AR-enabled mobile browser. Suffice to say these guys are on the absolute edge of AR – working with B2B and B2C brands to bring the technology to the mainstream.
To hear even more from Blair, he’s moderating an Augmented Reality panel on Day Three (October 6) of the upcoming FutureMedia Fest 2010 at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. Enjoy the video interview below: