Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are two technologies that we’re hearing more and more about. Buy what exactly are they?
Both technologies use take the experience of using a computer away from the monitor, mouse, and keyboard and to a headset monitor and often handheld controllers. The difference is how tied to the real world you are when using it.
Virtual Reality creates a fully immersive experience through the headset monitor. The shape and size of the headset create the illusion of a limitless space. This can be used to create virtual worlds, or an office environment. An example of a professional use of VR is simulating a car’s engine to allow an engineer or technician to pull the engine apart and examine each piece using only the VR computer.
Augmented Reality applies a layer of information on the real work around us. This allows you to see the real world and additional information. Smartphones are often used for AR, such as the game PokemonGo. This game added the Pokemon creatures to the world around for players to interact with. Other types of computer hardware used for AR includem Google Glass and cars’ Heads Up Display (HUD) dashboards.
In summary, AR adds computer-generated information on top of your view of the world, and VR replaces that view completely. Both have applications in computer gaming and professional settings.
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