Augmented Reality

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Augmented Reality or AR is the fusion of the real life and the virtual world. AR technology aims to enhance our perception of reality through the incorporation of computer generated data and simulations into our senses. The goal of AR devices is to overlay digital imageries and information on top of physical objects and enable the users of the devices to seamlessly interact with the digital content. Through the use of computer vision and object recognition, digital information about the real world around us can not only be viewed but also manipulated in real time.

Unlike Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality does not replace the real world with a virtual one. AR simply enhances and modifies the real world.

Technologies

Optical head-mounted display

Augmented Reality devices are transparent glasses-like wearables called optical head-mounted displays (OHMDs). These devices have displays with small projectors that create digital information and rendered images on top of objects in the physical world. These devices have built-in cameras that uses computer vision and object recognition to identify objects and decipher the physical environment around the devices. Information and data about the surroundings can be streamed into the display in real time. Users can interact and manipulate the information through various input methods such as voice commands, hand and body gestures, touchpads and more.

Platforms

Windows Holographic

SmartEyeglass

Magic Leap

Devices

Microsoft HoloLens

Meta 2

Google Glass

castAR

SmartEyeglass Developer Edition

Impression Pi

R-7 Smart Glasses

Atheer AiR

Apps

AR Apps

Pokemon Go - first smash hit AR app.

Use Cases

See also: Augmented Reality Use Cases
Use Case Examples
3D modeling
Architecture
Automotive design
Big data visualisation
Cinema
Cognitive training
Courtroom
Desktop
Ecommerce
Education
Finance
Flying drones
Food manipulation Takuji Narumi of Cyber Interface Lab in Tokyo University
Gaming
Handheld 3D imaging Phi3D by Dot Product
Industrial training
Journalism
Magic Show Augmented Magic
Manufacturing
Marketing
Mental health
Meditation
Pain relief
Psychedelics
Recruitment
Simulation
Sports spectating
Sports training
Social networking
Surgery training System for Telementoring with Augmented Reality
Travel

History

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