Augmented Reality Vs Virtual Reality: A Reality Check!

Augmented reality and virtual reality are increasingly used in technology, so knowing the difference is important.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are two technologies which can change the way you look at the world. The terms can be confusing. Sometimes people think AR and VR are the same thing. If you have ever questioned the difference between AR and VR, or faced some confusion hearing terms like Mixed Reality? Then this article is beneficial for you, here is a brief about the difference and similarities between AR and VR. So, get ready for some reality checks!

What is Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality exactly?

Augmented reality is defined as “an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to add digital information on an image of something.” AR apps use your phone’s camera to show you a view of the real world in front of you, then put a layer of information, including text and/or images, on top of that view. On the other hand, Virtual Reality is defined as “the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment.” When you view VR, you are viewing a completely different reality than the one in front of you.

How are Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Similar?

Entertainment

Both technologies enable experiences that are becoming more commonly expected and sought after for entertainment purposes. While in the past they seemed merely a figment of a science fiction imagination, new artificial worlds come to life under the user’s control, and deeper layers of interaction with the real world are also achievable. Leading tech moguls are investing and developing new adaptations, improvements, and releasing more and more products and apps that support these technologies for the increasingly savvy users.

Science and Medicine

Additionally, both Virtual and Augmented Realities have great potential in changing the landscape of the medical field by making things such as remote surgeries a real possibility. These technologies been already been used to treat and heal psychological conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

How do Augmented and Virtual Realities Differ?

Purpose

Augmented Reality enhances experiences by adding virtual components such as digital images, graphics, or sensations as a new layer of interaction with the real world. Contrastingly, Virtual Reality creates its own reality that is completely computer generated and driven.

Delivery Method

Virtual Reality is usually delivered to the user through a head-mounted, or hand-held controller. This equipment connects people to the virtual reality and allows them to control and navigate their actions in an environment meant to simulate the real world. Augmented reality is being used more and more in mobile devices such as laptops, smart phones, and tablets to change how the real world and digital images, graphics intersect and interact.

How do they work together?

It is not always Virtual Reality vs. Augmented Reality– they do not always operate independently of one another, and in fact are often blended together to generate an even more immersing experience. For example, haptic feedback-which is the vibration and sensation added to interaction with graphics-is considered an augmentation. However, it is commonly used within a virtual reality setting in order to make the experience more lifelike though touch.

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