Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance

Key AR terms

Area Glossary

Augmented Reality has been the subject of scientific and engineering research for decades but has only recently been brought to the attention of wider audiences. As the concept is broad, it is easily confused with other new and emerging technologies with which it shares attributes.

The AREA has compiled the following list of key AR terms and their definitions to help enterprises understand what distinguishes AR from other technologies and to provide a helpful reference when reading about AR-specific tools and concepts.

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Gesture Interaction

Gesture interaction is one of many ways for users to control and interact with AR-assisted applications. Gestures include all movements the user can perform with their hands, head and other parts of their body. Movements of the head or other body parts are easily detected by appropriately mounted sensors (i.e., accelerometer and gyroscope). The choice of hardware, the mounts and their proper calibration will determine how accurate signals are captured. These signals are translated into commands and, if recognized, the commands are executed by the AR software.

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