As innovation in technology is evolving, devices like smartphones, computers have become an essential commodity in our daily life and makes our life easy. Some of the recent real-time innovations are Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality which plays a vital role in our real-world experience.
In this article, let’s talk about Augmented Reality and How it’s different from Virtual Reality? | VR vs AR
If you have watched Science fiction movies like Iron man, you would have probably seen the computer screens data that he controls with his hand gestures and if he looks at a particular object, it shows you the complete details of it.
Did you know this is possible with our current technology?
Yes, Microsoft has already has launched a product known as HoloLens, which uses mixed reality (MR). Although it has not developed completely up to that level that normal consumers can use it, but in the future, it can be made into reality.
What is Augmented Reality (AR)?
Augmented Reality is a software technology that allows (interactive or non-interactive) virtual objects to be placed on a real-world surface. It basically combines the real-world data with virtual images or information.
The most familiar example for the augmented reality app would be Pokémon Go where you can catch virtual Pokémon’s on your streets and other surrounding real-world areas. There are many other software, apps, games that support awesome features with the help of Ar like Minecraft, Jurrasic park, etc.
How does Augmented Reality work?
WORKING: Software or an application is given permission to access the camera in a device, like a smartphone and scan the surroundings to get the data like distance from a surface or an object placed front of it, then enables an option to the user to place a computer-generated image, video or graphical object on that surface.
Example: In case you buy a product (ex: kitchen appliances, sofa, table, etc.) from amazon, by using the AR feature in their app you can scan the area where you want to place it. It gives the option to adjust the size, move, or rotate your product as you wish, and then purchase it.
In the above case, the products bought by the customers can see how the product would look like in real life place on that surface. This is pretty awesome, but it might have some bugs.
As augmented reality is still at the development stage, it requires time and huge investment to capitalize and many huge companies are working on it like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, etc.
What is Virtual Reality and how different is it from augmented reality (VR vs AR)?
Unlike Augmented reality adds virtual objects to real-life space, Virtual Reality (VR) replaces your vision from the real world to a virtual world. It’s like you can be teleported to a new virtual world.
Virtual Reality is also an emerging technology and like AR it will develop over time. Virtual reality enables a complete immersion into that world without a trace that you are in the real world, whereas AR combines both virtual and real-world objects.
Some people might be confused with these terms “Virtual Reality” and “Augmented Reality“. they are slightly related but they are completely a different concept although both use a similar lens.
The table below shows the difference between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality i.e. VR vs AR.
Difference between AR and VR
|Augmented Reality (AR)||Virtual Reality (VR)|
|AR adds virtual objects into the real world.||It completely replaces reality and immerse into a fictional world.|
|Most of the visual is from reality and less from virtual space.||Almost everything is virtual.|
|user has the visual sense of the real world while using AR.||Completely lose the visual sense from the real-world.|
|Headsets are not mandatory, smart phones can be used.||Headsets are compulsory, as it provides complete immersion.|
|Used in real and virtual data enhancement.||Used in gaming, but in the future it can have many applications.|
|Requires more bandwidth to work (min 100Mbps)||Requires less bandwidth to work (min 50 Mbps)|
Despite having so many differences, can VR and AR be used together?
Answer is yes, It is called Mixed Reality (MR).
Mixed reality is the combination of both AR and VR. It gives a complete immersion in virtual along with real-world and in specific cases, it can be upgraded to feel the virtual space/objects.