Hello friends and welcome to this months topic! In this 3 part series we will be looking at; the differences between Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), what each can do, why it matters, and personal speculation on the future of each technology. So please, move your seats into the upright position, fasten your seat belts, and enjoy this perception breaking ride of information!
What’s the Difference?
While the names suggest a common connection in dealing with reality, how they influence our perception of reality is very different. One is a replacement while the other is an enhancement.
Virtual Reality is achieved through the rendering of 3D objects on a pair of goggles that cover you eyes. Effectively transporting you to whatever environment or scenario you have chosen. An example of this is the growing trend to use VR as job training. Whether that be surgery for a doctor, flight simulations for a pilot, or other delicate jobs that require excessive and expensive training to become certified.
Augmented Reality on the other hand is an enhancement of the environment around us. Instead of replacing our environment, it adds objects and elements into it. The most prominent example of this would be the smash hit Pokemon Go. Through your cellphone camera you would be able to see various creatures from the world of Pokemon inhabiting our own, waiting to be captured and interacted with. Interaction being a key phrase here. It is my belief that the future of AR will be heavily influenced by interactability and creativity.
Be sure to check in for part 2 of this 3 part series! On the next entry we will be diving deeper into Virtual Reality. Swimming through the waters of current capabilities, traversing the marshes of origins, and flying over the mountains of potential.