Augmented Reality | What is it?
From virtual reality, we will move on to augmented reality (AR). AR is different in that it is not a completely immersive, virtual experience. It is the merging of the real and virtual worlds with additive or destructive overlaid sensory.
Augmented Reality (AR)
The purpose of AR is to enhance or alter the real world rather than replace it like virtual reality. Virtual objects or displays lay over the real world with positional tracking, typically through a set of smart glasses, goggles, monocles, or HMD.
AR lets its user see the real world with an enhanced display for information needed without looking away. This technology is especially useful for military and medical purposes as both require much focus and information in high-stress, timely scenarios.
A great example of AR in the military is the apache monocle, a head display unit like the HMD, which allows for infrared sight and tracking. Alternatively, Augmented Virtuality is the addition of real-world objects to a virtual environment.
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