How to Conduct AR Testing

Extended Reality is a real-time mode procedure that unites virtual and real objects. For instance, when you capture anything, a picture or location coordinates, our reality is superimposed by virtual reality.
Mixed Reality transforms our physical world adding cyber data to it. By contrast with virtual reality (VR), extended reality doesn’t generate entire pretended space to substitute reality with virtual picture. AR just adds sounds, video, graphics to the existing context. In other words, AR is an appearance of physical environment with overlaid digital images that expands the vision of reality.

We witness a globalized environment that has combined all decisions to obtain common advantage. One of such solutions is a hybrid reality. Mixed reality is a kind of synergy between individuals and e-goods. This suggests that all commerce is engaged in augmented and virtual reality solutions. Augmented & virtual reality are not something about fantasy movie with Schwarzenegger. This is our true modern life.

Extended Reality is a real-time mode procedure that unites virtual and real objects. For instance, when you capture anything, a picture or location coordinates, our reality is superimposed by virtual reality.

What is the difference between VR, AR, MR?

Mixed Reality transforms our physical world adding cyber data to it. By contrast with virtual reality (VR), extended reality doesn’t generate entire pretended space to substitute reality with virtual picture. AR just adds sounds, video, graphics to the existing context. In other words, AR is an appearance of physical environment with overlaid digital images that expands the vision of reality.

As Tim Cook said, alternate reality is one of the most perspective innovations nowadays. Augmented reality market expands its territory, and today AR technology is available for each smartphone owner. We can use opportunities to create innovative digital products and attract and retain customers with the help of AR.

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Augmented Reality Evolution

We faced it when Google presented its smart glasses. Then the era of funny masks came that made us snails, bunnies and Leonardo DiCaprios. After that, the Pokemons conquered the both realities and forced us to jump miles forward. And recently, Apple has showed ARKit, while Google – ARCore, so we are about to meet a new wave of games and apps that use AR, which possibilities are much wider and more useful for the society rather than catching slowpoke

When you plan to launch an AR or virtual reality project, you need to create two important points that determine user satisfaction with the end product — user experience and quality assurance. These two components are needed for the strategy development of your industry.

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Augmented Reality Solutions

The general scheme of augmented reality creation in all cases is as follows: the AR machine camera records the image of a real object; the device’s software identifies the received snapshot, selects or calculates a visual supplement corresponding to the picture, combines the real image with its supplement and displays the resulting vision on a visualization gadget.

AR tech is an ecosystem consisting of 4 classes that are defined by devices suitable for AR applications: They are below

Mobile AR

Mobile ARs on smartphones focus on AR overlays, which use a combination of the device's processing power, camera lenses and Internet connection to provide additional experience. It is a creative and highly effective educational and entertainment tool that adds an extra layer of information, such as 3D symbols, images, video, text, sound, etc. to the ordinary objects and surrounding.

Head unit

The headsets are designed to provide maximum immersion and combination of AR and VR environments. While VR totally covers the view and substitutes its perception, AR applications appear only on your gadgets’ screen.

Smart Glasses

The Smart Glasses are lightweight and low-power spectacles that provide first-person vision. They are getting smarter, and extended reality is finally approaching its prime-time. From first-person videos and photos to step-by-step instructions, health and face recognition, the invasion of smart glasses is on the move.


Web browser-based AR

Web browser-based adventure uses new technologies to deliver similar experience to what mobile-based AR suggests, but without downloading an app.

The Specifics of Augmented Reality Testing

AR testing is one of the most interesting, but at the same time one of the most difficult types of digital validation. This is a much more time-consuming and less consistent process than standard checking. It is important to set up the right environment and test the software product with different physical objects, in different scenes under different lighting conditions. This service suits well with traditional pyramid user interface / integration / unit testing.

Some Extra Features

When dealing with mobile AR applications, our agency always revises specific checklists for testing: correct operation of different screen positions, internet connection and its fails, and also various memory and battery levels. Due to the variety of AR-supporting devices such as smartphones, tablets, and AR headsets, it is necessary to conduct testing on all of them that are listed in the product requirements. Surely, emulators can’t replace actual gadgets when it comes to searching and fixing potential problems in real physical environment.

As for automated validation, we will be able to check mainly only additional elements of the application (menus, for example) and not the mixed reality itself. Auto-tests can also affect the gadget performance: minimize / unfold the application, touch the screen in the right place, etc.

How to Test Augmented Reality Apps

AR examination is an inseparable part of successful launch of an AR software. It includes traditional testing stages, such as:

  1. The very first thing to start with is to determine in what environment the AR application is developed. 
  2. Then, it is necessary to determine under what system the application is developed (iOS, Android, etc.). 
  3. Defining the basic application concept and additional features. For example, if an application can be switched to the VR mode.
  4. Further testing will be carried out in a free form with checking the various positive and negative cases of the application functionality.

AR Testing Specifics

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User Interface Testing

This is an introductory check when the quality control engineers try to repeat the real user experience. In this way, they turn a smartphone or a tablet at different points and determine how easy it will be for a consumer to use it. A/B extended reality checking is essential in this case because as you develop changes and updates, you will need to compare it with the original version to evaluate the progress.

Integration Testing

With conventional mobile applications, integration testing is used for all the components in an application, designed to operate smoothly in unison. And the same validation is also carried out for the AR applications. However, there are some more details to consider. For instance, if you design an AR game application, you can use ARKit with the Unity engine. You should check how well these two applications will collaborate.

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