Intro: What Is Augmented Reality
You may have heard about the terms augmented reality and virtual reality (VR).
These two different but interrelated technologies have the potential to completely change our future.
Augmented Reality is an enhanced and interactive version of the physical real world that is achieved by computer-developed conceptual data and information through the use of sensory modalities, sounds, or visual digital elements.
In short augmented reality is a combination of the real physical world, the virtual world (Virtual Reality), and real-time interaction with these two technologies. Augmented Reality does not completely change the real-world experience it enhances it according to someone’s imagination.
Ar and the future
Possibilities with augmented reality are countless, you can achieve what you can imagine.
Augmented Reality is going to be one of the biggest future technology trends. And it will get bigger and bigger because in the future augmented reality-enabled smartphones, devices and gadgets will become more accessible.
Uses of Augmented reality
There are many uses of augmented reality. Some of the main uses of augmented reality are discussed below.
- AR is used to enhance navigation systems.
- AR is used in different games for example during football matches broadcasters use augmented reality to draw lines on the soccer field to illustrate the plays.
- Augmented Reality (AR) is widely used for military purposes. AR is used in fighter pilots’ HMDs and training simulators.
- Can bring the past to light by using augmented reality as AR can show lost civilizations over today’s remains.
- Augmented Reality is also used in the medical field. AR can project 3D images of body parts to aid surgeries and learning purposes. Many medical colleges are using AR technologies to teach their students. And this is one of the best use of augmented reality technology.
- Interior designing firms and houseware makers use augmented reality apps to show how the houseware will fit in your space. For example, IKEA offers an AR application called IKEA PLACE.
- Many industries use augmented reality to test the functionality, design, and operation of their products. For example, Volkswagen uses AR for crash test imagery.
Augmented Reality Apps and websites
There are many AR games and apps are available today. Back in 2016, an AR-enabled game POKEMON GO quickly became a sensation. AR-related apps and websites are discussed below.
Top 5 the best AR apps and websites.
1. Google Floom
It helps anyone to explore the earth from where they are. Google floom will open AR tunnels to the other side of the world to explore. Google floom can be accessed by using an android device.
2. BBC Civilization
Used to show the augmented reality of lost civilizations like Egyptian civilization.
3. YouCam Makeup
YouCam app is used to test makeups. As makeups can be expensive so you can test different makeup designs on this YouCam app and then can apply the best one.
4. IKEA Place and Houzz
These AR apps are used by furniture giants like IKEA Place by IKEA that virtually place different products in your space to see how they will look. You will definitely love to use IKEA Place or Houzz app before buying any houseware because these apps will help you to buy the right item according to your home and choice.
5. Google Lens and Google Maps
Google lens app enhances your search experience through AR technology. Google maps are also augmented reality enabled. You can experience the augmented reality of google maps using recommended gadgets.
Augmented Reality Accessories and Gadgets
Top 5 the best AR gadgets and accessories
1. Oculus Quest
oculus quest is a wearable headset developed by a Subsidiary of Meta also known as Facebook. It’s a very popular AR/VR gadget. You can easily access AR apps and games through oculus quest. oculus quest 2 is the new version of the oculus quest.
2. Microsoft HoloLens
Microsoft HoloLens is MR/AR pair of smart glasses. Microsoft HoloLens 2 is the newer version of Microsoft HoloLens. The company is constantly increasing the use and applications of HoloLens or HoloLens2. The use of HoloLens increases during the covid-19 pandemic.
3. Epson BT-300 Moverio
Highly transparent smart glasses developed by Epson. These superior transparent glasses enhanced the augmented reality experience with a stunning Si-OLED display.
4. Toshiba dynaEdge
Toshiba dynaEdge AR smart glasses is a hands-free AR solution developed to help big enterprises improve quality, efficiency, and operating flexibility. Toshiba dynaEdge enables a variety of usage scenarios.
5. Lenovo Star Wars Jedi challenge Kit
Lenovo Star Wars Jedi challenge Kit consists of an AR-enabled headset, a lightsaber, and a tracking beacon. You can play different games and challenges with the Lenovo Star Wars Jedi challenge Kit.
There are many free and paid games are available on google play store, apple store, and other gaming platforms. Some of the popular games are discussed below.
Top 5 the best AR games
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery is a game developed by Jam City. This game has Fifty million-plus downloads with an above 4.2 star ranking on the google play store. It was released in 2018 and is still popular in 2022.
Pokémon GO is the most popular AR game developed in 2016 by Niantic. Pokémon GO has a hundred million plus downloads and more than fifteen million reviews from users. In this game, players find Pokémon available in different locations on the map.
Again Niantic is the same company that developed Pokémon Go. In this game, AR comes in when users interact with the portals like Pokémon in Pokémon GO earning points.
Zombie Run! 10
Zombie Run is developed by Six to Start Company. It’s a story-driven AR game and has more than one million downloads.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Pokémon Legends is an AR game released recently in 2022. Players are very excited about this new game Pokémon Legends. If you are interested in AR games go and check them out.
Augmented Reality Vs Mixed Reality (AR Vs MR)
Term mixed reality (MR) is mostly considered as AR. Now the term mixed reality (MR) is fading away because people think that these two terms are the same. But there is a difference between AR and MR. The field of MR or mixed reality is mostly researched by Microsoft.
In MR real physical and digital objects interacts in real-time. And It frees us from screen-bound experiences by giving instinctive interactions with information and data in our spaces and with other people.
Augmented Reality Vs Virtual Reality (VR)
AR is extensively explained in this article. Virtual Reality (VR) is computer generated digital environment created in a way that feels real. But nothing is real in virtual reality. AR deals with both digital objects as well as real-world physical objects. But VR only deals with digitally developed objects.