AR vs VR
Both AR and VR change the way we experience reality. AR offers users an enhanced version of their environment, allowing them to interact with virtual objects while keeping them in touch with the real world. With VR, users plunge into a new artificial world that may look like the real world but is completed fabricated.
While VR requires users to wear a relatively bulky headset that cuts them from the real world, AR is developed into apps for mobile devices that integrate digital components into their immediate surroundings. The early trials with AR smart glasses haven’t lived up to their promises yet but they shouldn’t be completely discarded – they may well make a comeback sooner or later.
While today VR might work better for video games and social networking in a virtual environment, AR is used in the development of many applications. Education, healthcare, architecture and urban design, interior decoration, tourism, culture or retail increasingly call on AR to perform tasks and/or make their products more attractive.
Whether hiking, trekking, visiting a new place, playing golf or buying furniture – the list is by no means exhaustive – a simple smart phone application using AR can bring the experience to a new level. In future, AR is expected to contribute to greater safety on roads, at sea and in the air.
The near future may bring new and very interesting technological developments that may well change the way we live and make us see the world in a new light.