The current rage is all about VR and AR that stands for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality respectively. For quite some time now, a majority of people still can’t differentiate between the two terms – AR and VR, which are ways that technology can change the way you look at the world. The advancements in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality has reached new heights in the field of digitalization.
Augmented Reality (AR) can be defined as, ‘an enhanced version of reality that is created by technology usage, to add certain digital information to an image of an object.’
Basically, AR is used in Mobile Applications in devices like Smartphones or tabs, as they use the device’s camera to show the user a view of a Real World with a layer of information over it in the form of text or other images on that view.
The term Virtual Reality (VR) can be defined as, ‘using the Computer Technology for the purpose of creating a Simulated Environment or surrounding.’
In simple words, when a person views in VR then he/she is viewing a completely different reality that is not the original view like in front of that person.
Let’s consider some day-to-day examples for better understanding of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. Like for AR, the game ‘Pokemon GO’ is a great example where people see objects or Pokémons in the real-world environment via their phone screens. Whereas for VR, the app of Google Earth is a good example that allows the users to experience the virtual environments of other locations.
Why AR is Different from VR?
These two technologies are somewhat similar but have few distinct key differences in their features. Here the basic point to tell them apart – in VR an individual is completely taken into a virtual world but when it comes to AR the virtual elements are partially overlaid on top of the real world.
A VR headset uses one or more screen that is very close to your face and is held with the help of a headgear, in-built lenses are used for the projection of virtual reality. Other than the lenses, many sensors are also used for tracking the movements of user’s head as well as their body. With this movement information, a customized virtual reality experience is created for that particular user while delivering appropriate navigation.
Some of the VR devices are HTC Vive, Google Cardboard, Daydream View, and Gear VR being the traditional one. One of the newest features available in these Virtual Reality Headsets is ‘World Sense’ where the user is not only free to look around but also is able to walk around freely. This surely has escalated the user experience up a few notches all because of the advancement of computer vision technology.
For Augmented Reality devices, there are pass-through cameras and glasses available in the market by which the end-user is able to have a look at the real world in real time but with some virtual elements layering over the real view. These virtual elements can also be referred to as digital elements that are projected on the screen of the camera or on the lens of the glasses. Both devices that are used to view the augmented reality and virtual reality are in the form of headgears. When compared, the AR will be requiring lesser processing power than the VR as in augmented reality the projection of few elements takes place and not the entire scene.
Many experts of the Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality consider both these technologies as the technologies that complement one another rather than compete against each other. Without the computer vision, there won’t be any AR or VR because with Computer Vision we have access to the ‘inside out’ positional tracking to detect the accurate position of the user itself.
With every passing day, a new aspect of technology is making its way into the Industry, whether its IoT or Blockchain or Virtual Reality. That’s not it with VR and AR, the MR i.e. Mixed Reality is gaining more attention as a whole new field to explore with endless possibilities. The Microsoft HoloLens is an example of the Mixed Reality-centric hardware that delivers a combination of live feed of real world around the user and the CG graphics or other digital information over the display of that world.
This evolution of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality can be easily seen in the today’s games and mobile applications. Resulting in more and more App Development Companies adapting to this trend. If you have an App Idea based on AR or VR then feel free to contact ChromeInfotech’s team, here, to assist to regarding the same by a free session with domain experts.