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Kamra: Augmented Reality(AR) Mobile Browser developer preview announced

Posted by on Aug 04, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Recently, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have announced the developer preview of Kamra, a mobile browser based on open web standards. The first Augmented Reality (AR) browser for the KHARMA development platform, Kamra overlays information from multiple website channels simultaneously onto the user’s phone.

Kamra: Augmented Reality(AR) Mobile Browser developer preview announced

This platform permits for content formation using HTML and JavaScript web development tools already in extensive use. It provides for the cover of approximately any web technology into a live scene. At the heart of KHARMA is an extended version of a coding language. Currently, this language is used for such things as Google Earth, called Keyhole Markup Language (KML), which models and stores geographic features for display over a scene.

It allows users create and distribute content from their own hosted websites or through filters that generate KML. And it supports marker tracking, HTML5 video and a range of 3-D content. The platform has been built upon a framework of channel servers, infrastructure servers, geospot servers and an open source, standards-based mobile client. With the Kamra browser, users open many amplified reality content channels, each of these being a URL that distributes visual additions to a live video scene and which could potentially interact with each other for an enhanced browsing experience. Kamra allows users create and distribute content from their own hosted websites or through filters that generate KML.

Correctness of the augmentation is helped by letting a user discover the nearest known geographic locations so that the variety of visible items can be increased at each position. It gives authors and developers the freedom to customize the browser interface behavior for their own channels. Now the Georgia Tech researchers have opened up Kamra to content developers and authors so that collaborative applications, website-specific content or custom browser behaviors can be produced


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