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Recently, there has been tremendous interest in the area of mobile Augmented Reality (AR) with applications including navigation, social networking, gaming and education. Current generation mobile phones are equipped with camera, GPS and other sensors, e.g., magnetic compass, accelerometer, gyro in addition to having ever increasing computing/graphics capabilities and memory storage. Mobile AR applications process the output of one or more sensors to augment the real world view with useful information. This paper's focus is on the camera sensor output, and describes the building blocks for a vision-based AR system. We present information-theoretic techniques to build and maintain an image (feature) database based on reference images, and for querying the captured input images against this database. Performance results using standard image sets are provided demonstrating superior recognition performance even with dramatic reductions in feature database size.
Date of Conference: 26-29 Oct. 2011