I think as a kid The Matrix is the movie that made me curious about simulated reality and its endless possibilities in the first place, preferably without cords going right in my body though. It wasn’t until later when I found out about Virtual Reality and suddenly all my sci-fi dreams didn’t feel all that far-fetched anymore. We already know how much technology has changed and developed over the years but just the exploration of the virtual world has opened up so many new possibilities. Now you can just get out of your boring lives and explore new lands, all while staying in the comfort of your homes. The introduction of Augmented Reality itself is a huge step but before we move on to learn more about it, let’s go over what Virtual Reality is and what even is the difference between them.
Virtual Reality is a simulated world experience where the virtual world can be similar to or different than the real one and we interact virtually the way we do in the real world. It is often categorized based on how immersive (non-immersive, semi-immersive, and fully immersive) the experience is or what the objective of the experience is (business, entertainment, education).
Pretty cool huh? Wait till you hear more about augmented reality, it doesn’t stop at simulating a virtual world experience but instead is an interactive experience of a real-world environment. Okay you know the drill, before we talk more about it, let’s go over the basic definition.
Augmented Reality is a real-world experience where the objects have been enhanced to make them easier to interact with across the various sensory modalities. It overlays an image onto a user’s view of the real world.
Well now that we know what augmented reality is, do you think you could guess what its applications would be?
For starters, medicine—augmented reality can not only help boost academic and professional training for the medical students but also better diagnosis, patient care, and surgery planning.
Designing and modeling is another prospective application ranging from interior designing to architecture. Any gigs that require the use of spatial planning prove to be perfect opportunities with AR headsets. It is easy to visualize the layout and make all relevant changes virtually on-spot.
Further applications include tourism, education, and entertainment among many others. While it still is in its early developmental stages, Augmented Reality has already proven its potency and prospective potential.
More on this some other day at LetsUpgrade, hope you have a good day!
- Vinita Rajan