by James Benham, President of SmartBidNet
"In simple terms, augmented reality is the process of using technology to overlay virtual imagery and data on top of real world images (either through a camera-enabled device, sunglasses, a transparent display or LED-enabled contact lenses). For the sake of this discussion, augmented reality is the result of the convergence of several key technologies now available on the open market...
With the advent of all of these technologies put together into portable devices like the iPhone and iPad, not to mention Android-based solutions like the Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom, data now meets visualization in a way we never could have imagined. The devices, combined with their data, allow the user to take a BIM model and render it in 3D on top of real world images..."