“Augmented Reality – a real life experience in digital world: Can it be our future?”

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

N Adarsh Varma, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.

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It can be said that the augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it. Augmented reality blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell. Augmented reality is a bit closer to the real world and adds graphics, sounds, haptic feedback and smell to the natural world as it exists.

Augmented reality apps are written in special 3-Dimensional programs that allow the developer to tie animation or contextual digital information in the computer program to an augmented reality “marker” in the real world. When a computing device’s Augmented Reality app or browser plug-in receives digital information from a known marker, it begins to execute the marker’s code and layer the correct image or images. Augmented Reality applications for smartphones typically include global positioning system (GPS) to pinpoint the user’s location and its compass to detect device orientation. Sophisticated Augmented Reality programs used by the military for training may include machine vision, object recognition and gesture recognition technologies.

The latest usage of the augmented reality is the SixthSense augmented reality system which allows you to project a phone pad onto your hand and phone a friend without removing the phone from your pocket. The Google glass can also be considered as an aspect of implementing augmented reality where the Google glass is a wearable computer that responds to your touch and voice commands.

Recently, in the 10 year laid out plan of Facebook, even CEO Mark Zuckerberg is concentrating on the implementation of the Augmented Reality where he mentioned that today to show Facebook photos to friends, we whip out our tiny phones but in the future he mentioned that we can simply unfurl a digital screen of unlimited size.

Once implementation of the augmented reality is a success then the future can be expected to be bright because of the thrilling experience and its vast uses in many fields. Hence, we can look forward that the augmented reality can be our future where users can feel the real life experience in the digital world.

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