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MAR

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Posted by Lester Madden under General

It certainly has been a while since my last blog here. Most of you know that I blog almost daily at www.augmentedplanet.com about trends in augmented reality.

My last blog here was to say Wrox Press had published my Augmented Reality for Smartphones book. It’s actually doing really well with sales. Not that it will ever earn enough to buy a villa by the beach, but it is rewarding nether the less. At the time of writing the last book I swore I would never do it again. Writing a book is a lot of effort, especially a technical book. Compiling sample code is hard enough but what hurts the most is screenshots, its so time consuming.

Still, despite saying I would never do it again I have started on book II. This will be another augmented reality book but rather than focusing on location based AR, this is focused on image recognition technologies and will be aimed at iOS developers.

So far I have submitted 2 chapters to the publisher for review with another 4 due by the end of the month.  Some of the writing is slow process as most of the SDKs I am working with have such poor documentation. I wont name names but trying to write about how ‘easy’ it is to build an AR app using a particular SDK when all you have to work with is a sample project containing 500 lines of undocumented code is more than a challenge.

As a result of the new book project I have had to learn iOS development and have been trying to get to grips with Xcode. For an ex-microsoftie like myself it makes me appreciate just how good Visual Studio was. Not that I have anything against Xcode but double clicking a button and having the event handler created feels like such a luxury.

If all goes well then the book will be released later in the year. 2 chapters down, 30 more to go.

Apart from writing, last year we (Augmented Planet) ran the UKs largest augmented reality event in London. Planning is taking place to deliver another event later in 2012. We are trying to nail down availability with the venue and will announce that shortly.

If you’re a fan of AR. Keep your eyes out for that one.

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