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Applications of Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
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Augmented reality constitutes to be a blend of virtual reality with real life, using layers of computer generation for an improved interaction with reality. The technique is executed with the help of applications like Pokemon GO and is suitable for sporting and driving events. In contrast, virtual reality is a completely artificial and computer-generated simulation of a real experience, which entails the usage of a virtual reality headset, like Oculus Rift to fully engage the user.

Let’s explore the technologies in details:

Augmented reality (AR): It’s a direct or an indirect observation of a real-life setting whose features are improved by sensory inputs like graphics, videos, sound and GPS (Global Positioning System) data. Virtual reality creates an entirely artificial environment but augmented reality makes use of the current environment and overlays new information on top. The application of Augmented reality is written in special programming language, facilitating the developers to integrate animation and digital information in the computer program. Smartphone applications of Augmented Reality usually contain global positioning system for locating and detecting the exact place of the user. Some AR programs are also used in military for the sake of training, including features of object and gesture recognitions.

Applications of Augmented Reality:

  • Medical Field: Augmented reality helps to reduce operational risk by providing the surgeon enhanced sensory perception. Medical students are using AR technology for practicing surgery in an organized way. The technology can be combined with MRI or X-ray systems and convey everything into a distinct view for the surgeon.
  • Navigation: GPS systems also usingaugmented reality to get from one point to another. Using the phone & camera combining with the GPS, the users can see the selected route over the live view in front of the car.
  • Education: Augmented reality can balance an educational curriculum. Graphics, video, text and audio can be overlaid into the real time environment of a student. Schoolbooks and other educational materials, when scanned by an AR device, yield supplementary info to the student rendered in a multimedia setup. Students are able topartake interactively with computer simulations of historical events, exploring & learning every area of the event site.

Virtual Reality (VR): Virtual Reality createsan artificial environment with software and presents that to the user in such a way that the user accepts it as a real environment. Using virtual reality, an artificialenvironment gets createdwith sensors, like the sight, hearing, touch and smell. The technique is also referred to as Head Mounted Display (HMD). Holding up Google Cardboard for placing Smartphone’s display can be enough to get you engrossed in a virtual world. The aim of the hardware is creatinga virtual environment without the limitslinked to Television or computer screens. Video can be sent from the console or CPU to the headset through a HDMI cable in case of the headsets like HTC, Vive and the Rift. Virtual Reality headsets either use two feeds sent to one display or two LCD displays, one per eye.  Lenses are also available which can be placed between your eyes and the pixels, as goggles.

Applications of Virtual Reality:

  • Education & Training: The Application of Virtual Reality in a training is to allow professionals to conduct training in a virtual setup for improving their skills.
  • Retail: Virtual reality can also be applied in retail sector for providing consumers an improved idea of how the products will fit into home and allow them get a better look at the products.
  • Urban Design: At present,virtual reality with BIM is also used for urban regeneration, planning and transportation projects.

Benefits & Shortcomings of Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality:

Augmented Reality (AR):


  • Enhances user knowledge & information
  • Provides the ability to share experience with other people in real time over a long distances


  • Expensive to use in everyday life & less accessible for small businesses
  • Considering user experience, Augmented Reality may be inapt in certaincircumstances

Virtual Reality (VR):


  • Virtual Reality in education field makes educationeasy and comfortable
  • VR users can experiment in an artificial environment


  • VR is becoming more conventional but programmers are still stuck with the way to interact with virtual environments.
  • Distraction is common among the people using VR settings & people often live in the virtual world rather than dealing with the real one

Crux of the matter: Both virtual reality and augmented reality are similar in the aim of engaging the users, even if both systems do this in diverse ways. So both AR & VR will continue to succeed. AR is most fitted for bringing commercial success, while VR is emerging fast as a new technology. The technologies are cheaper and popular these days. Innovative uses of both the technologies can provide a vital way to communicate and work to the prospects.

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