Augmented reality is the use of technology for superimposing information in sounds, images, and text.
Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
This is very different as compared to virtual reality. Virtual reality means that the computer-generated environments for you to have interaction and get immersed in it. Augmented reality that is also known as AR will add to the reality that would ordinarily see rather as compared to replacing it.
Augmented Reality in Present World
Augmented reality is often termed as futuristic technology but is a form that has been around for years. For instance, the heads-up displays in most of the fighter aircraft are far as the 1990s that would show information about the attitude, direction, and speed of the plane.
In the past decade, various labs and companies are building devices that give us augmented reality. In 2009, the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group presented the SixthSense, it was a device that combined the use of a small projector, camera, smartphone, and mirror. The device hangs on the user’s chest in a lanyard fashion from the neck. The four sensor devices on the user’s fingers could be used for manipulating the images projected by SixthSense.
It is important to note that Google rolled out Google Glass in 2013. This is moving the augmented reality to a more wearable interface. In this case, displays on the user’s lens screen through a small projector will respond to voice commands, overlaying images, videos and sounds onto the screen. For your information, Google pulled Google Glass at the end of December 2015.
Phones and tablets are the way through which augmented reality will get into most people’s lives. For instance, the Vito Technology’s Star Walk app will allow users to point the camera in their tablet or phone at the sky and they see the names of stars and planets superimposed on the image. In addition to this, another app called Layar will be using the smartphone’s GPS and its camera to collect information about the user’s surroundings. After this, this will display the information about the nearby restaurants, stores and other points of interest.
One of the most popular ways in which AR is used in our life is through mobile games. In 2016, the AR game named “Pokémon Go” has become a sensation worldwide. According to an estimate, there are a total 100 million estimated users according to CNET. This game ended up making more than $2 billion and still counting. The game allowed the users to see Pokémon characters bouncing around in their own town. The goal in the game was to capture these pocket monsters and after this, you can use them to battle others in AR gyms.
In addition to this, in 2018, “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” also became the mobile AR gaming sensation. The game enables the users to see the Hogwarts world around them while having the ability to cast the spells, use potions, and learning from Hogwarts teachers. The game had a total 10 million downloads in the Google Play store.
Future of Augmented Reality
By keeping all the above information in mind, this does not mean that your phones and tablets are the only venues for AR. Research is being conducted to add the AR functionality in contact lenses and other wearable devices. The primary goal of augmented reality is to develop a convenient and natural immersion. It may be surprising that even glasses may take on a new form, as “smart glasses” that will be developed for blind people.
Just like any other new technology, AR is also having a lot of political and ethical issues. For instance, Google Glass has raised privacy concerns. Some were worried that conversations might have been surreptitiously recorded or pictures snapped. They might be identified by face recognition software. For your information, AR glasses, contacts and more, just like the Glass – X and Google Lens are moving ahead in production and sales.