5 Best Resources to Learn Augmented Reality In 2020

By Akilesh Manchikanti | 14th November, 2020 | 6 min Read

Augmented Reality allows developers to overlay digital data on the real environment. In the previous article we gave an introduction to Augmented Reality and how this technology is expanding into various industries.

“The virtual reality and augmented reality industries are growing by leaps and bounds — but finding workers with the right skills can be a challenge.” — CNBC report

Augmented reality is the use of 3D objects, models, graphics and other virtual enhancements integrated with real-time environment. AR and VR are gaining popularity and the demand for skilled people keeps on raising in the coming years.

Top industries such as E-commerce, healthcare,architecture and entertainment have started using AR based applications and improving their capabilities.

PokemonGO is the main reason behind the popularity of AR Technology within non-tech people.

Nomatter whether you are a newbie who has started with programming or an experienced person the most important skill you need to become an AR/VR developer is the 3D area.Working in AR technology is almost similar to designing games. You need to design immersive virtual environments that can be overlaid on real environments.

The first step to Augment Reality starts with your camera equipped smartphone loaded with an AR application. When you point the camera at a particular direction and look at the image the software recognizes the image using computer vision and displays the information.

The Fourth Transformation

By Robert Scoble And Shel Israel

The Fourth Transformation Book


on two years of research and about 400 interviews with technologists and business decision makers, this book gives really valuable viewpoints on the current state of AR and where it could take us in just a few years.

If you’re an AR beginner, this book has loads of examples of AR companies and projects to inspire you.

More and more industries have started to use this technology and you need to start today to successfully enter the industry. There are no training institutes which teach AR/VR. The best way to learn AR is through an online course.

Here is the compiled list of best augmented reality courses, training and certification available online. These courses are designed for beginners, intermediate and as well as for experts.

Best(Free and paid) Augmented Reality Resources,Courses,Trainings and Certifications Online[2020]

Here are the courses, trainings and certification to learn Augmented Reality

  1. Build (15) Augmented Reality apps with Unity and Vuforia(paid)

    Where: Udemy

    Duration: 19.5 hours

    Taken By : more than 12,000 students

    Course Rating :4.5 / 5

    Build (15) Augmented Reality apps with Unity and Vuforia(paid) from udemy

    source: udemy.com

    This course from udemy helps you learn the basics and fundamentals that are required to develop Augmented Reality Apps. For this course you will need an android smartphone or an iphone.

    This course is specially designed for students interested in creating Augmented Reality apps. The introduction classes help you understand what is AR and four different techniques and applications of AR. Later you will start learning about unity which is the main software for developing Augmented Reality Applications.

    ARONE ie the first Augmented Reality app that you will be creating in the course. In this application you will:

    • Create Vuforia account
    • Create License Key for the AR app
    • Upload an Image as Image Target
    • Understand Vuforia Image Recognition system
    • Solution to White ImageTarget problem in Vuforia version 6.2.10
    • Download 3D model from Unity Asset Store
    • Place 3D Model on top of Image Target
    • Download ARONE app database from Vuforia and activate it inside Unity
    • Build this app for Android & Ios

    In the coming classes you will learn how to create a virtual button application and know about the importance of virtual buttons and how to work on them. On going further you will be exposed on how to embed an mp3 file into a Augmented Reality app ,open and play the mp3 file.

    Later in the course you will be able to develop an application which is able to detect an object and augment a scenic view around the object. In the next class you will create an application using Vuforia core samples . You will develop an image that can be used as a marker to display the information. This is also called Marker based AR.

    This course is taught by Dinesh TavaSalkar who is a freelance trainer and experience developer.

    You can get this course for Rs 462 and a certificate after you successfully finish the course.

  2. Introduction to Augmented Reality and AR Core(free and paid)

    Where : On Coursera by Google AR & VR

    Duration : 4 weeks

    Taken By : more than 49,000 students

    Course Rating : 4.5 / 5

    Introduction to Augmented Reality and AR Core(free and paid) from coursera)

    ARCore is a software development kit developed by Google that allows for augmented reality applications to be built. This course will help you understand the fundamentals of Augmented Reality and how to build an AR Experience using AR Core.

    In this course You will learn :

    • How to identify different types of AR experiences

    • Tools and platforms used in the AR landscape

    • What makes AR feel "real"

    • Popular use cases for AR

    • How to create an AR use flow

    • How AR experiences work

    • Tools like Google Poly and Unity to build AR experiences

    • Next steps to start building an AR experience using ARCore and other tools

    This course is designed for Beginners who are willing to learn Augmented Reality. This course is directly offered by Google.

    You can audit this course at free of cost or you get a certificate by paying up for the monthly subscription. Coursera even offers financial aid for students.

  3. Getting Started with Augmented Reality(free and paid):

    Where : On Coursera by Institut Mines-Télécom

    Duration : 4 weeks

    Taken By : more than 18,000 students

    Course Rating : 4.3 / 5

    getting started with Augmented Reality on coursera

    source: coursera.com

    Getting started with Augmented Reality is developed by Institut Mines-Télécom and offered on coursera. This course will help you learn the basics of developing mobile applications using Mixed and Augmented Reality (MAR) technologies.

    From this course you can gain:

    • All about the main MAR products and technologies on the market today

    • How to build three different augmented reality applications using an augmented reality browser and authoring tools

    • How to include image recognition and object tracking

    • How to use geolocation functionality for outdoor augmented reality

    • Details of the ISO-ARAF standard, an innovative language for representing augmented reality content

    This course can be pursued by beginners who don't have any experience in coding. Knowledge of basic HTML or XML hles you understand the concepts and techniques at ease.

    You can audit this course from coursera at free of cost. If you are interested in getting a certificate you can subscribe to coursera.

  4. Learn ARKit using Unity(free):

    Where : Udacity

    Duration : 1month approx

    Learn ARKit using Unity offered by udacity

    source: udacity.com

    Source: udacity.com

    Similar to AR core which is developed by Google to develop Augmented reality applications , apple has developed another platform called ARkit to develop Augmented Reality applications for ios devices.

    AR kit allows developers to build high details AR experiences for iPad and iphone.

    Using ARKit and Unity you will be able to build beautiful and performant augmented reality scenes

    By the end of this program you will learn:

    • All concepts to build AR applications using ARKit with Unity
    • Visual inertial odometry, and the underlying computer vision mechanisms that enable ARKit.
    • To develop a variety of ARKit applications including games with particle effects and sounds
    • To build ARKit applications that allow you to place virtual objects on the ground, on tables, or other horizontal flat surfaces
    • To add dynamic lighting effects that change the color direction, temperature, and intensity of ambient lighting.

    This is a free course offered by udacity and the you need to be familiar on these topics before taking up the course:

    1. Creating 3D scenes using Unity
    2. Developing using C#
    3. Deploying applications to an iPhone or iPad

      This level of the course is intermediate.

  5. Online Augmented Reality Classes(Free):

    Where : Skill Share

    Augmented Reality courses offered by skill share

    source: skillshare.com

    Skillshare has 5 different courses on Augmented Reality. The introductory module helps you understand the basics and fundamentals of Augmented Reality.

    A separate module has been designed which helps you to understand and build various AR based applications such as Creating a simple art,Creating Zombie Apocalypse AR android application and many more.

    With the help of this course you will get a clear idea of Augmented Reality and how to design various applications using AR. This course is designed for beginners and you can complete this course at free of cost.

    Apart from these courses there are many courses offered on udemy and coursera which are dedicated to developing particular applications using AR.

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