Imagine the opportunity to surf your life as you surf the Internet today. This is what the future of the world looks like thanks to AR technology.
AR, or augmented reality, is a technology that combines data from the physical world with data from the virtual world. Thus, you get an extra layer of information that expands reality in one or more ways in everyday life.
Before you think it’s too advanced for you, you must first ask yourself: Have you heard of the Pokémon GO mobile game? Then you have also heard about AR.
This is the technology on which the popular application is based.
Supplements with a simulated sense of mind
Virtual reality (VR) has been widely talked about in tech circles for several years, and over the past year the range of VR products has grown significantly, with several solutions targeting the “regular” user, such as Playstation VR and Samsung Gear VR.
VR is a computer-generated world that you are completely engulfed by. It’s about having a realistic sense of being in a computer-produced world.
AR is VR’s successor.
While VR presents the user with a simulated reality that replaces “real” sensory impressions such as vision and hearing, AR presents the world just as it is, but complements with simulated sensory impressions in addition to the real ones. The simulating sensory impressions can be in the form of video, graphics and sound, she tells Smart.
Contact lenses become important
In addition to tablets and smartphones, smart glasses, headsets, smartwatches, and contact lenses are also manufactured with support for AR.
AR technology is used in areas such as entertainment, shopping, planning and visualization in the industrial sector, training, teaching and learning.
Training and learning are the areas where AR has extra great potential to make use of.
Already, there are several applications that allow students to explore 3D models of the body’s organs, molecules and animals. You can learn when you need it, where you need it. For example, as you walk past a historic building, you can see what the building looked like 100 years ago. A new employee at a factory can be guided through the entire production process by an expert’s “shadow hands” projected over the actual factory equipment.
A simpler life with AR
In the future, she believes that AR technology will become a major part of people’s everyday lives. You will have the opportunity to sit at home and see exactly what an IKEA sofa will look like in your apartment.
You will be able to point the camera at a hotel you are passing by and get information on how much it costs to stay there per night and if there are any available rooms. Most things are made easier thanks to the AR technology.
AR and wearables will be tightly integrated into people’s everyday lives, for example by using a combination of contact lenses and smartwatches when going out and shopping – provided we actually go to physical stores in the future. Based on your GPS position, individual preferences and other information such as a shopping list, you get “on-the-go” information on current offers from the stores you pass directly into the lens.
You also get the optimal route to most efficiently go through all the stores and product information on all the goods you are looking at.