Virtual and augmented realities were once ambitious projects.These days, people are getting accustomed to having these two technologies integrated into everyday life.
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In the 90's, virtual reality became a buzzword. With widespread Internet and PC use, the thought of having an alternate world online where people can participate seemed promising. However, VR-related projects fizzled out, only to return as more polished and powerful technology. On the other hand, the production of the Google Glass along with other games and gadgets in recent years was the first of mainstream projects that used augmented reality.
Many people still confuse virtual and augmented realities. Here are some ways to differentiate the two:
VR brings a person to a simulated reality whereas AR incorporates virtual images into the real world. For example, VR games require a headset like the Oculus Rift to get the whole experience while AR games like Pokemon Go incorporate elements from reality into the game by using real places.
The goal of virtual reality is to isolate the person from current reality and introduce a new reality where he or she is also free to move. As for augmented reality , a person can improve what he or she sees by adding elements that weren't even there using gadgets such as smartphones.
It seems that VR has a strong market among gamers, users of social networks, trainers, and educators. Isolated experiences can be used to teach and train without going outdoors. On the other hand, AR has a market in design, retail, social networking, and also in gaming. By adding virtual elements into a person's current experience, users will be able to try something new even before it materializes.
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These two technologies are relatively new and users can only look forward to how these can further benefit their daily routines.
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