About Augmented Reality
It is a technology that layers computer-generated enhancements on top of existing reality in order to make it more meaningful through the ability to interact with it. It is used on smart devices to blend digital components into the read world. They enhance once another, but can be told apart easily.
Other examples include displayed scores on live sports games, Aurasma, and Pokemon Go.
Pokemon Go is a good example of Augmented Reality. The app uses the smartphone's camera to layer virtual elements into real life.
Virtual Reality vs Augmented Reality
Both virtual and augmented reality are great advancements in technology, but it can be confusing to spot the difference between the two. While they both involve blending real life and digital space, they have different purposes and uses.
Virtual reality is a digital recreation of a real life setting, while augmented reality adds digital elements as a layer on top of real life.
Virtual Reality offers digital recreation of a real life setting.
Augmented Reality offers digital elements as overlay to the real world.
This new advancement in technology can offer many advantages such as:
- Add a new dimension of interaction between devices and the real world.
- Can lead to other new discoveries and inventions
- Experiences and interactions are heightened, which makes games and other uses for AR more entertaining
Some examples of the negative impact that augmented reality has are:
- People will be on their phones more often
- People might get addicted to the stimuli, and always want to be using AR
- People get lazier as technology advances
While augmented reality is a great advancement in technology, I think that it is not essential to our daily lives. It is useful in the sense that it might make our lives easier and more efficient, but when we first start implement AR into our lives, it might be a slow start. While it is useful, it is not necessary.