With the explosive growth in mobile phone usage and rapid rise in search engine technologies over the last decade, augmented reality (AR) is poised to be one of this decade's most disruptive technologies, as the information that is constantly flowing around us is brought into view, in real-time, through augmented reality. In this cutting-edge book, the authors outline and discuss never-before-published information about augmented reality and its capabilities. With coverage of mobile, desktop, developers, security, challenges, and gaming, this book gives you a comprehensive understanding of what augmented reality is, what it can do, what is in store for the future and most importantly: how to benefit from using AR in our lives and careers.

Key Features

  • Educates readers how best to use augmented reality regardless of industry
  • Provides an in-depth understanding of AR and ideas ranging from new business applications to new crime fighting methods
  • Includes actual examples and case studies from both private and government application


Chief Technology Officers, Law Enforcement, Information Security Professionals, Investigators, Lawmakers, Military branches

Table of Contents



About the Authors


Chapter 1. What Is Augmented Reality?

The Definition of Augmented Reality

The Components of Augmented Reality

A Brief History of Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality Today: 2012

The Differences Between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

The Difference Between AR and QR Codes

Challenges with AR

The Opportunities for Augmented Reality


Chapter 2. The Types of Augmented Reality

How Augmented Reality Works

Augmented Reality Methods

AR Display Technology

Interaction in AR Applications


Chapter 3. The Value of Augmented Reality

The Next User Interface

The Uses of Augmented Reality

Sports, Gaming, and Entertainment


Maintenance and Repair


Business and Commerce


Chapter 4. The Value of Augmented Reality: Public Safety, The Military, and The Law

Public Safety, The Military, and The Law

AR and Law Enforcement

AR for Firefighters

AR and The Military

AR Satellite Finder

AR Flight Tracker

AR Ship Finder

Augmented Reality and The Law


Chapter 5. Innovators and Organizations


Companies Specializing in AR

AR Tools

AR Blogs


Chapter 6. Visions of the Future


The Big Trends

Technical Trends

Future Concepts for Augmented Reality

AR Contact Lenses






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About the authors

Greg Kipper

Gregory Kipper is a futurist and strategic forecaster in emerging technologies. He specialized in IT security and information assurance for 17 years, working for the last 11 years in the fields of digital forensics and the impacts emerging technologies have on crime and crime fighting. Mr. Kipper has been the keynote speaker at select industry events, a digital forensics instructor, and a trusted advisor to both the government and commercial sectors. He has published books in the fields of digital forensics and emerging technologies, including: "Investigator's Guide to Steganography," "Wireless Crime and Forensic Investigation," and "Virtualization and Forensics."

Joseph Rampolla

Joseph Rampolla is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of cyber crime, augmented reality, virtual worlds, cyber-terrorism, cyber-bullying and undercover Internet Relay Chat (IRC) investigations.


"Augmented Reality is not the stuff of science fiction any more, and we should all be at least familiar with its current and likely future uses. This book aims to be an easy-to-digest guide on the subject matter…If you are not familiar with the concept of AR, this book will be an eye-opener. It is a quick and fascinating read, and the authors don't get bogged down in unnecessary details." --Help Net Security online, January 2013

"Kipper and Rampolla explain what augmented reality (AR) is, how it can be used in a variety of industries and applications, and concepts for new applications in business and crime-fighting." --Reference and Research Book News, August 2013

"If you want to see the future, look here. The product of years of research, Augmented Reality is a comprehensive overview of this stunning disruptive technology - a type of ‘reality on steroids’. A must read for venture capitalists, cyber-security professionals, policy makers, and entrepreneurs." --Edward M. Roche, Grenoble Ecole de Management