What is the Best Way to Learn Augmented Reality (AR)?

Jurij Tkaciov | 13.02.2024

What is the Best Way to Learn Augmented Reality (AR)?

Target audiences for Learning Augmented Reality (AR):

  1. IT Professionals & Developers: Seeking to integrate AR into projects or enhance AR development skills.
  2. Brand Representatives: From gaming, accessories, cosmetics, skincare, haircare, tattoos, piercings, contact lenses, and eyewear industries, looking for innovative brand development solutions.
  3. Educators: Interested in incorporating AR into interactive learning experiences.
  4. Beginners & Hobbyists: Individuals curious about AR basics and possibilities.
  5. Researchers & Students: Focused on AR technology studies and applications.

Learning augmented reality (AR) can be both exciting and daunting due to the breadth of knowledge and skills involved. To make this journey more accessible and structured, here are concrete examples and resources for each step of the process, along with information about how FaceAR’s offerings and resources can complement your learning.

1. Start with the Basics

  • Coursera & Udacity: Both platforms offer introductory courses on AR basics, covering the history, key concepts, and the differences between AR and VR. Look for courses like “Introduction to Augmented Reality and ARCore” on Coursera or “Learn ARKit” on Udacity.
  • Books: 
  1. “Augmented Reality: Principles and Practice” by Dieter Schmalstieg and Tobias Hollerer – Provides a comprehensive overview of AR’s fundamentals.
  2. “Understanding Augmented Reality: Concepts and Applications” by Alan B. Craig – An introduction to AR concepts, perfect for beginners.
  3. “Augmented Reality for Developers” by Jonathan Linowes and Krystian Babilinski – Guides developers through creating AR applications with Unity, ARCore, ARKit, and Vuforia.
  4. “Practical Augmented Reality” by Steve Aukstakalnis – Offers insights into AR’s technologies, applications, and human factors.

2. Learn the Tools and Technologies

  • ARKit for iOS: Apple’s ARKit developer documentation is a comprehensive resource for getting started with AR development on iOS devices.
  • ARCore for Android: Google’s ARCore developer site offers guides, API references, and sample projects.
  • Unity 3D: The Unity Learn platform provides tutorials and courses specifically for AR development, suitable for beginners and advanced developers alike.

Read more: Virtual Try-On Workflow

3. Hands-on Practice

  • Simple AR Projects: Begin with projects like creating interactive AR business cards or simple games. Unity’s Asset Store offers various AR templates and assets to get started.
  • GitHub: Explore AR projects and contribute to open-source AR applications to practice your skills and collaborate with others.

4. Join Communities and Networks

  1. Quora & Medium:
    • On Quora, you can explore questions under the “Augmented Reality” topic, such as “What are the best AR development tools?” or contribute by answering queries.
    • Medium hosts a variety of AR development blogs and publications, including “AR/VR Journey” and “ProAndroidDev,” where developers share tutorials, case studies, and industry insights.
  2. Meetup: Look for local or virtual AR/VR Meetup groups where you can connect with like-minded individuals and professionals.

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5. Stay Updated

  • ARPost & Road to VR: These websites are excellent sources for the latest AR industry news, case studies, and research.
  • Google Scholar: For academic research and the latest technological advancements in AR, Google Scholar is invaluable.

6. Subscribe to FaceAR Blog Updates

As you embark on this learning journey, FaceAR’s website and blog (FaceAR) offer insights into practical applications of AR in the retail, e-commerce and fashion industry, especially through Virtual Try-On technology.

Our blog features:

  • case studies,
  • industry analyses,
  • and updates on the latest trends in AR technology,

…making it a valuable resource for learners and professionals looking to apply AR in real-world scenarios.

Or Subscribe to the LinkedIn FaceAR page to receive last industry updates:

Special Offer from FaceAR: 

Explore our offerings, including affordable Virtual Try-On (VTO) solutions that are perfect for businesses and developers eager to implement AR into their projects. Our solutions are designed to be seamlessly integrated into existing platforms, allowing for hands-on experience with AR without a hefty investment.

By leveraging these resources and incorporating FaceAR’s practical tools and insights, you can gain a comprehensive understanding of AR and its applications, ensuring you’re well-equipped to navigate the exciting field of augmented reality.

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