Virtual reality has been thieving the show for the last couple of years, encouraging a total immersive and astounding experience to its ever-increasing user base. There is just one key subject with it, that it entails its users to stay in encircled areas and this makes it a bit too analogous to traditional video games played on huge screen. But it has a little associate called as ‘Augmented reality’ (AR) or sometimes ‘Mixed reality’ that does not encompass its users entirely. As such, it uses are more miscellaneous and its potentials are even more startling.
You might ask, what exactly is augmented reality?
Well, the approved definition of the term is “A technology that overlays a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world and thus, providing a compound view”. In laymen’s terms, it is a digital stratum placed amid your eyes and the world that can offer you with the information or entertainment without barricading your view.
Examples of AR –
One of the first instances of customer augmented reality was ‘Google Glass’ which was presented as an exemplar in 2012 and eventually discontinued due to a sequence of privacy apprehensions. Since we have incredible augmented reality mobile apps on our phones, the technology did not disappear itself. We have a handful of smart glasses and such that can offer us with information without distracting our activity of any kind.
Uses of AR –
Augmented reality can be used in a massive variety of ways. For one, it can provide its users not only with turn-by-turn triangulation but guidelines projected right onto the view around them, using the smartphone’s screen and camera or even your car’s windshield used as a prognosis screen. This list can surely go on and on.
The future of augmented reality –
Augmented reality will likely play a more important role in the forthcoming days as it will be able to the things that are listed below:
- Remind us of our appointments
- Facial recognition technology
- Visualize our interiors
- Remotely supervise and instruct trainees
- Translate texts
- Zoom in on things
- Image recognition
- On-the-fly price comparisons
- Project games and fun videos
“WE NEED TO EMBARK ON HUMAN REVOLUTION. IT IS A MUTINY WHERE OUR REALITY IS NOT EXCHANGED BY DRONES BUT AUGMENTED BY TECHNOLOGY TO DO BETTER!”
-Vishal Sikka (Ex-Vice Chairperson of Infosys)