What is Augmented Reality?
An interactive experience where real-world interactions are altered by computer-generated information in the form of visuals, sound, film, or other. It can enhance reality by affecting various senses, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory, and olfactory sensory modalities.
It combines the real and virtual worlds in real-time, showing both real and virtual objects. There are different pieces of hardware that allow for the AR experience, starting from smartphones and tablets to eyeglasses, headsets, and entire heads-up display technological solutions.
Unlike in the case of Virtual Reality (VR), the user’s perception is not based completely on the virtually generated reality. AR instead incorporates computer data into the real world. So, for instance, in construction, VR could be used to show how a completed building would look when nothing has been built. AR, on the other hand, can be used to check the progress of construction and catch mistakes by projecting the plans on the building under construction.
With the first head-mounted display created in 1968, AR technology has been in the works for a long time. However, it was not until the last decade that it truly began gaining popularity. Its use cases are widespread: It can be used in architecture, urban planning, commerce, and fitness. It can help enhance communication and social interaction and can be used for work and for pleasure, offering training simulators for the military, pilots, and medical personnel, as well as gaming options for the general public.
It’s believed that wearables are the future of AR. While hand-held devices like phones or tablets can be used for AR, it does not offer an immersive, or sometimes even practical, experience. There have been some developments in this, with more notable products like Oculus, Microsoft HoloLens 2, and Google Glasses. Apple is also working on an AR/VR headset—a mixed reality headset that will combine AR with reality thanks to inbuilt cameras.