This article will show the details of implementing augmented reality in Windows Phone using Geo Augmented Reality Toolkit (GART). GART enables you to create augmented reality experiences that depend on real geographical locations. It takes care of overlaying Bing maps, your heading, picture/frames from camera and virtual elements that display information about certain points of interest.
When you try to build an app that displays ratings of some kind, it’s often interesting to show them using stars “notation”. Unfortunately, there is no native rating control to be used with WinRT and XAML, but on the bright side there are many open source projects available for Silverlight and WPF that can be ported relatively easy. I did that for one of my projects and I’ll show you about it more in this blog article.
This year, it was my first time ever to experience what it means to speak at a conference. I had a session at the Microsoft WinDays technology conference in Croatia, and I talked about Windows Phone multimedia and sensors. It was (and still is) an interesting combination of two topics that have much in common. Therefor it made sense to cover those in one session, which ended with augmented reality and a demo of a small augmented reality app (it was actually a video, because it’s difficult to demo augmented reality during the session because it’s necessary to move around). I will write more about multimedia and sensors in my next few blog posts, but for now I’ll just show you the video and how I created the app using Geo Augmented Reality Toolkit.