The Most Profitable Way to Create FREE Augmented Reality (AR) Games
Are you searching for an augmented reality platform to help you build games of the future? You’ve come to the right place!
We’ve discussed the practical applications of AR technology in virtual games, and why the business players are loving this new technology. Find some real gold at the end of this post, so keep reading...
Why Augmented Reality (AR) Technology Is Going Viral?
We’re seeing a gradual increase in the adoption of AR technology throughout industry verticals. This is not some technology that would see a sudden spike and drop-down, this technology is going to bring real change in the world around us. The reason why AR has already exploded in the consumer world is
- Meaningful content
- Interactivity and engagement
- Unique technology
We, as humans seek new experiences and we enjoy novelty. Smartphones do a great job at visual interactions and engagement. So, when you combine AR + smartphones together, you boost consumer engagement and bring positive attention to your product.
You have a greater chance of successfully promoting your product with this technology than any other means of marketing in the industry.
Types of Augmented Reality Games
In traditional computer games, there’s YOU and there are cues that you follow to complete a task or a mission. Similarly, in an AR game, you need to provide visual and/or audio cues so that the user connects with the feature points.
Select a (location + position) to display your cues, for example, a focal point where the instructions appear to the user. Now, the user needs to perform an action within a few feet of their current location.
The surrounding should be well lit (a balance of light and shadows to capture edges) so that the cameras can pick up clear images and other information. It’s important to remember that the cameras should easily recognize the edges of surfaces to activate the AR experience.
Our mobile app is designed to be simple, flexible, and clear for your users to understand. There’s already a puzzle at hand that the user intends to solve, so we haven’t designed our app to be another puzzle for your user.
You can successfully host your game on our AR mobile app without worrying about the intricacies of handling the whole operation of application development. You can solely focus on game development and user engagement.
When you start developing an augmented reality game, you ought to choose between two frameworks or categories: market-based or location-based game. Below, you’ll find the meaning and difference between both.
Marker-based AR games run on image recognition. They use markers as triggers to display/activate AR content. To view AR content, users have to simply point the camera on the marker’s (location + position). Once the device recognizes the marker, our app will display the digital content on the screen and overlay the augmented object.
While building a marker-based game, you have to provide descriptions or breadcrumbs to simplify the process of finding the marker. As your user roams around finding the marker using the phone’s camera, the object’s data (designed by you) is hard-coded in our app, so they’re quickly detected once in range.
Location-based AR games work without any markers. They use the user’s location and position with the help of a mobile device’s accelerometer, GPS to overlay the augmented reality experience on top of real physical objects through your smartphone app screen. The best example of a location-based mobile AR game is Pokemon GO.
You can cue your users with notifications based on their location. You can create AR assets for different locations and positions and give them recommendations such as hints and steps to complete a certain mission.
Why Should You Choose ImagineAR Augmented Reality Platform To Create AR Games?
But these SDKs focus solely on AR asset deployment. You need an augmented reality platform to publish your game on it and allow end-users to experience it with a mobile app. So, creating a game is a lot more than just creating a game!
ImagineAR gives you the freedom to focus on your objective without worrying about application development, DevOps, or support. We give you the tools to create your AR assets and store them on our multi-layered secure cloud content management system.
Our web user interface allows you to design AR assets on any device that supports an Internet browser. It’s not OS-specific, such as Windows or macOS. The ability to design and store AR content on any device without worrying about technicalities is what ImagineAR is all about.
Whether that be any room or outdoor spaces such as buildings, airports, stations, and malls. 3D tracking is essential to understand light and shadows in the real world so that AR content can be overlayed on it. This technology is primarily very useful in gaming and e-commerce.
Yes, every business wants to tap into this technology but at what cost? For those looking to create an AR game for the very first time, then you can try open-source AR SDKs (Software Development Kit) which are contributed by communities of developers across the world with new features every day.
Augmented Reality Platform
You need a platform that can help you with all things AR! Whether that be catering to iOS or Android users, that shouldn’t be a problem for a multi-faceted augmented reality platform like ImagineAR!
Image recognition and 3D tracking are the top features of any AR tool. ImagineAR implements the best in industry tracking features so that our app is able to understand the world in a better manner.
AR Content Management System
So the question arises, where will you store user-generated data and your AR assets? Locally or in the cloud (as the new fond trend goes)?
You have to consider the following factors
- AR content isn’t words, it’s 3D images, avatars, videos, and other huge files…
- AR assets should be stored securely in a location that allows easy retrieval
- User-generated content should easily be uploaded
- Data retrieval should be fast and easy
Keeping all the above pointers in mind, I’d say, a cloud management system is pretty much required to run your AR games on a large scale.
The scale will be determined by the number of markers you create and the user base you wish to garner. ImagineAR provides all in one solution, called AR-as-a-Service, all you have to do is create your assets for your users.
You’re One Step Away From Creating Your Own Augmented Reality Based Game.