With the rapid advancement in technology and digitalization, we are heavily surrounded by screens. Computers, smartphones, and televisions are a big part of our lives, from your office to how you consume your entertainment. They are how we get most of our news, use social media, watch movies or gain information. And with the increase in use, there arises a need for an increase in technology. Cue Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)!
Virtual reality and augmented reality are two technologies changing how we use screens. They work by overlaying digital information onto the physical world and creating new and exciting interactive experiences.
Virtual reality, also known as VR, uses a headset with a built-in screen that displays a virtual environment for you to explore. One of the most prominent applications of VR can be seen in the gaming and entertainment industry. VR games give players an immersive, first-person perspective of the gameplay.
Augmented reality or AR is a bit different from virtual reality. Instead of transporting you to a virtual world, it accesses digital images to layer them digitally onto the physical world around you. This is done through either a clear visor or a smartphone.
To put this into perspective with virtual reality, you could explore a world full of dinosaurs. But with augmented reality, you could see those dinosaurs moving through the world around you.
Both of these technologies are growing at a rapid pace. They are being implemented in a variety of different ways. In the medical industry, surgeons utilize VR to practice highly technical surgeries. Businesses are using them to give consumers virtual tours of products and locations. Some apps can use your smartphone’s camera to scan and translate a foreign language in real-time.
With the advancement of VR and AR, the interlacing of digital data with its physical counterparts is beginning to get more seamless. In the education and training sector, places like driving schools, medical institutes, and aviation institutes are investing in training their students by using virtual or augmented reality.
As they continue to grow, VR and AR have the potential to majorly impact almost every industry.