Augmented reality is the next-generation of virtual reality. It’s a technology that makes digital objects appear as if they’re in your real world. You can experience augmented reality on devices like smartphones, tablets and even smartglasses.
Augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. This technology has been around for quite some time, but it has only recently become affordable and practical enough to be used on a regular basis by consumers. The first AR system was developed in 1960 by Ivan Sutherland at Harvard University and his student Bob Sproull; they called it “The Sword of Damocles.” It was a head-mounted display that displayed computer graphics superimposed onto the real world via an oscilloscope screen (this was before LCDs were invented). Later versions added stereo vision capability so that you could see depth as well as distance between objects–much like humans do naturally without having to look closely at things all the time!
How Does Augmented Reality Work?
Augmented reality is a technology that uses digital information to overlay the real world. It differs from virtual reality (VR), which completely replaces the real world with a simulated one, and mixed reality (MR) where physical objects and virtual objects coexist. With AR, you can see through your phone’s camera to see what’s going on around you while also viewing digital content overlaid on top of it.
For example: If I were wearing an AR headset right now and looked down at my hand, I’d see some lines drawn on my skin indicating how much sleep I got last night based on my heart rate variability data collected by my Fitbit Charge 2 activity tracker (this is actually happening right now!). That’s just one example among many others–there are many ways in which we’re already using this technology today!
Where Can You Experience AR?
You can experience AR at home, in the office and even in public places.
AR has been around for a few years now, but it’s still not as common as VR or even traditional video game consoles. That said, there are plenty of ways to get your fill of augmented reality experiences without having to invest in an expensive HMD (head mounted display) system like PlayStation VR or Oculus Rift.
What Do We Look Forward To In The Future Of AR?
AR is still in its infancy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. Here are some of the things we look forward to seeing in the future:
- More AR applications! We’re just beginning to scratch the surface of what’s possible with this technology, so it will be exciting to see what new applications emerge as developers become more familiar with it. For example, there may be an app that lets you play an immersive version of chess where pieces move around on your table or even in front of your face (if you have an HMD). And don’t forget about educational apps–we could see science teachers using AR technology during class presentations so students can explore 3D models from multiple angles at once instead of just looking at them flatly on paper or computer screens.
- Better hardware! As more people begin using augmented reality headsets and other devices for entertainment purposes like gaming or watching movies together over Skype calls instead just talking like normal humans do today because “why not?”
Augmented reality has the potential to make our work and life easier and more fun.
Augmented reality is a new way to interact with the world. It allows us to see and interact with digital information in real time, making it easier, more fun and more productive.
AR can make our lives easier by providing intuitive interfaces that allow us to accomplish tasks faster than ever before. It also makes it possible for people who have disabilities or injuries that prevent them from using their hands effectively (such as carpal tunnel syndrome) because they can now use their eyes instead of their hands for many tasks.
The most obvious example of how AR will make our lives easier comes from its ability to enhance existing technologies like smartphones by adding new features such as facial recognition capabilities or voice control over devices like Amazon Alexa which isn’t possible right now but will be possible once augmented reality hits mainstream markets sometime during 2020-2030 timeframe.”
Augmented reality is here to stay and will only get better. It’s a technology that can change our lives for the better, and we are excited about what the future holds for AR. We hope this article helped you understand how it works and why it’s so important!