Understanding Augmented Reality

The release of Pokémon Go in 2016 brought the childhood desires of most people into existence. Being able to do, what we could only dream of, was an aspect of pure excitement. But the crucial factor behind all of it was the incorporation of Augmented Reality.
Yes, Augmented Reality, in short AR, is what allows us to feel the existence of those adorable creatures in our own world.

Augmented Reality, in layman terms, is changing the way we view our world. “Augment” – the word itself helps to explain this technology. Basically, we enhance our viewpoint regarding the various aspects of our environment.

Most of us can relate to virtual reality, but we should understand that augmented reality is somewhat different to it. Virtual reality is a simulation, an immersive, computer-generated world that personifies the world we live in. In fact, we might say, it replaces the real thing.

Augmented reality, on the other hand, makes use of the real world itself, superimposing artificial graphics over it, so as to “supplement” us with more information. On the spectrum between virtual reality and the real world, augmented reality is closer to the real world.
Examples of usage of Augmented reality:

The above mentioned points do not necessarily cover the vast scope of this fast developing technology and are just few examples.



AR still faces certain difficulties. For example, GPS is only accurate to about 30 feet (9 meters) and doesn’t work well indoors. People may not be willing to rely on their small smartphones to provide superimposed information at all times. There also exist such things as too much information. Privacy concerns, especially social networking profiles are also a hindrance.
All these could be improved upon in the future, and AR could gradually find its way to several other areas of our daily lives.

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