AR and VR
VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) are often confused with one another. Both provide an experience to users driven by computer graphics. The main difference is that VR creates a fully virtual environment, whereas AR introduces virtual objects into the real-world environment. Needless to say, the most widely known applications of these technologies have been gaming and mobile apps.
In recent years, companies have become aware of the vast potential of AR. Emerging practical applications of AR technologies include training, military practice and industry operation. There are different levels of technical complexity in AR technologies and applications; for example, a relatively straightforward application is to provide remote content sharing between operators and technicians, a sort of next generation video telco. A complex example of an application is to create an AR operation manual, which shows users what to do using 3D graphics situated on the real object.
AR solutions can play an important role in high tech industries such as aviation, space, automotive, machinery and electronics. Especially where complicated manual operation is required, AR can substitute visual instructions for text instructions to assist non-skilled operators.
AR Capable Devices and Setups
AR can be displayed via multiple devices such as: tablets, smart phones, smart glasses – mono glasses mounted display – such as the Google Glass, stereo head mounted displays like the Microsoft HoloLens, and projectors.