Groundbreaking Augmented Reality Applications Target Windows Mobile Devices
Graz University of Technology is known internationally as an important hub of technical and natural-scientific research. A student on the Augmented Reality research team of the Institute for Computer Graphics and Vision chose "Multiple-user augmented reality on handheld devices" for his research project. Augmented reality, which combines real-world and computer-generated data to help users navigate an experience or task, had never before been aimed at mass-market handheld devices. After evaluating all options, the student chose to target Windows Mobile, powered devices and to use Microsoft Visual Studio to develop his applications. By using Visual Studio, the student was able to use his existing Windows development skills to create mobile AR applications, and found that the development system provided power, convenience, and time-saving Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).