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Kicking Augmented Reality into High Gear: The role of APIs

As we have reported, thanks to the proliferation of apps, the Internet is quickly evolving into API land. That’s right-APIs are taking over because they enable software developers to take functions from many different sources, string them together, customize some parts, and roll out software at a faster clip than ever. This enables app developers to hit the market while the demand is hot. It also enables developers to crank out quality product based on tried and proven SaaS backbones without breaking the bank. In fact, even more elements can be outsourced and overall costs can be reduced. This is all exciting. This development is sure to touch upon many aspects of consumers’ and enterprises’ online activities. However, one key area of mobile computing and wireless technology will be dramatically impacted by this technology-Augmented Reality

AR: the hype, the promise, the reality

Augmented reality (AR) is one of mobile’s biggest promises. Imagine walking around and changing your reality based on the information you get processed through an app you filter your walking experiences through. For example, imagine walking up to a sign and clicking on an app icon. The app processes the sign, correlates it with your location and processes information from the net and gives you information that you can use to get a discount, get a date, make a decision, or do something. That’s how AR works, it changes our reality. It paves the road to better informed decisions. Well, the reality is that there are relatively few AR apps out there. They aren’t the massive game changers we’re expecting. The reason is that many of these apps try to do everything on their own. They take too long to develop and they are too bulky in terms of scope. As a result, they try to do too much and have too little time to develop.

API: the solution

With APIs, AR developers can tackle smaller problems and learn from these. Once they have learned enough, they can scale up and create other APIs. They or other developers can string these together. In short, APIs’ solution to AR is to break the AR problem and constellation of possible problems needing solutions into microsolutions that might seem too limited at first glance. However, in the hands of the right app developer, these APIs can be strung into powerful customized solutions. Maybe by breaking the AR problem into a billion tiny bits, APIs can finally deliver the full reality of AR.

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