We human beings from the beginning have invented things that kept us at the peak of the pyramid whether it be circular wheels or electric bulbs. We have always created things that made our lives easy and comfortable. All these innovations and inventions are rooted in our creativity and ability to think out of the box.
Today I will be talking about one such innovation that will make our life totally different and that innovation is augmented reality or simply AR
Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory and olfactory. AR can be defined as a system that fulfills three basic features: a combination of real and virtual worlds, real-time interaction, and accurate 3D registration of virtual and real objects. The overlaid sensory information can be constructive (i.e. additive to the natural environment), or destructive (i.e. masking of the natural environment). This experience is seamlessly interwoven with the physical world such that it is perceived as an immersive aspect of the real environment. In this way, augmented reality alters one's ongoing perception of a real-world environment, whereas virtual reality completely replaces the user's real-world environment with a simulated one. Augmented reality is related to two largely synonymous terms: mixed reality and computer-mediated reality.
In simple words, AR is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.
How will it change our life?
Finding your way around is one of the clearest use cases for AR. Carmakers are offering head-up displays (HUD) on windshields that support navigation directly in your field of vision. Google recently introduced a new augmented feature for Maps that overlays navigational arrows on the real world as seen through your camera.
2. Task Assistance
Say you’re trying to repair a plumbing or electrical system. Your AR app will guide you through the steps, lighting things up, and drawing arrows. It may even give you a virtual fist-bump when you complete the job.
3. Gaming & Entertainment
Persistent AR will turn your entire living space into an interactive gaming arena. You’ll have immersive, social experiences that leap off the screen and into the world around you, from first-person shooter games to tabletop games like Settlers of Catan. You’ll be able to interact with virtual football players, play quidditch with Harry Potter or ride one of Khaleesi’s dragons from Game of Thrones.
4. Travel & Lifestyle
Today we browse websites or Instagram to learn about travel destinations. Tomorrow we’ll have immersive 3D videos that recreate the experience of being in Thailand or Bali — from the comfort of our living room.
5. Food & Cooking
New apps like Kabaq enable consumers to see realistic virtual 3D food on their table in restaurants or ordering online. Future apps will combine smart kitchen appliances with interactive turn-by-turn recipes. They’ll give you audio/video guidance for each step of a recipe and show you how to plate and present your dishes.
6. Beauty & Fashion
Smart mirror apps like Memomi Labs will let you try on clothes, makeup, change hair color — virtually. The success of Snapchat lenses suggests this will be another huge area for AR apps.
7. Home Improvement & Real Estate
The Ikea Place app lets you hold up your phone and use the camera to place the digital furniture anywhere in a room to see how it looks in your home. Houzz gives you a 3D preview of hundreds of thousands of furniture and decor products and lets you move them around and position them to see how they look before you buy. Homesnap, a real estate search engine, has a “Walk the Property Lines” tool that shows the property lines around any home. Realtors think AR can make the home buying process more fun and engaging.
Today neurosurgeons use special AR microscopes that overlay critical information about brain structures in the surgical field. A company called AccuVein has invented an AR scanner that projects over the skin and shows nurses and doctors where various veins, valves, and bifurcations are in a patient’s body. There have been studies on AR’s potential to enhance post-stroke rehabilitation. Home-based AR will transform the treatment of chronic conditions like diabetes, tying into wearable blood-glucose monitors, and providing interactive recommendations.
Interactive AR experiences will make it easier to learn complex educational subjects — whether it’s dissecting a frog or building electrical circuits. AR sensory overlays will add extra visual and sound information for learners which helps them identify and recall the content. Research shows that looking at 3D experiences forces people to use 3x their normal working memory. Students will be pushed harder with AR learning & education apps, but they’ll have fun if the experience is collaborative and social.
(by Daniel Zahler)
Thus very soon we are going to witness something which we saw only in movies and cartoons and thought that it’s impossible. Things are getting better at a very high rate so AR won’t take much time to replace our reality with augmented reality