Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are two related technologies that enable people to interact with virtual objects and environments in immersive ways. AR and VR technologies are generally used in a variety of fields including education, marketing, gaming, and military.
AR is the technology that superimposes computer-generated content on the real world environment. The technology is designed to enhance the user’s experience with real world objects by layering digital information upon it. It is the technology that enables people to see computer-generated images, sounds, and other sensory experiences over real-world objects. AR is designed to work seamlessly and effortlessly with the real world, thus enhancing the user’s experience in real-time.
Different devices are capable of providing the necessary interface for AR experiences including smartphones, smart glasses, tablets, and other motion tracking devices. When combined with an app in your mobile device, AR technology can use the phone’s camera and sensors to detect and identify visual cues in the real world and overlay corresponding virtual images.
For example, AR technology has been used in furniture markets to allow customers to try out a virtual piece of furniture in their own home space. AR technology can also be used to add information layers on print cards, brochures, or in books, which provide enhanced interactive experiences when scanned with a smartphone or camera app.
On the other hand, Virtual Reality (VR) technology is used to create a completely immersive digital environment, replacing the real world with a fabricated one. The technology provides a realistic three-dimensional environment that enables users to move around the virtual space and interact with simulated environments.
VR technology is increasingly being used in gaming and training simulation. For instance, gaming industries have taken VR to a whole new level, allowing gamers to experience the game environment with their vision, sound, touch, and smell. The gamers are transported to a new world that provides an almost-real-life experience without ever leaving their living room.
VR technology is particularly important in training and simulation applications as it creates a lifelike environment without the risks that real-world training could pose. VR has been used to train pilots, soldiers, and doctors among others by creating complex scenarios that assist in honing expertise without risking the lives of others.
In conclusion, AR and VR technologies offer endless possibilities and capabilities that are changing the way many industries perform their roles. The technology provides an enhanced and interactive experience that enables users to better understand and engage with real-world situations. As the technologies continue to advance and improve.