In the past few years, lots of technology companies have started to create their headsets that allow us to combine technology with reality. But while some focused on augmented reality, others have embraced virtual reality (AR vs VR). Yet you have to wonder, what does each one bring to the table and how are they different from one another?
Also known as VR in the tech world, virtual reality harnesses the power of headsets that can be used to overtake your vision completely. Once you put these headsets on, you are immersed into a virtual world where you can explore new locations and interact with a wide array of items and persons. The technology used here is incredible, and it basically focuses on using refraction from the OLED panels. The information is refracted to the lenses, and it will fill your field of vision. This way you get a complete sense of immersion.
Unlike VR, augmented reality doesn’t replace your vision, and it avoids the idea of creating a new reality. Instead, AR adds to your reality. The AR headsets are transparent, and they allow you to see what’s in front of you, all while adding digital content to it. A headset like the HoloLens is a great example of augmented reality done properly.
Which are the differences between AR and VR?
As you can see from the descriptions above, AR and VR are two different things. While one tends to add to reality, the other one is focused on replacing reality as a whole.
The great thing about augmented reality is that it allows you to put in a pair of glasses or a headset that allows you to still see the real world. However, you can use technology to add things to it. You can have a dedicated calendar placed in your field of view. You can also play games in AR, all while still seeing where you are and what you do. You can use AR in front of other persons, and you can easily talk with them and let them know what you want to do for example.
On the other hand, VR allows you to put on a headset, and you are automatically brought to another world. The problem for some people is that you lose complete connectivity with the real world. However, you do get complete immersion and a much better way to connect with the people and life around you. And while the world is completely fabricated or generated, the ability to browse a new world and experience these things is downright astonishing.
AR can be used for a wide range of things, including working at the office. It can take meetings to the next level as well. Basically, AR is great for productivity and office work, yet games like Pokémon Go have shown the popularity of AR for gaming as well. Yet VR is a technology suitable for social networking and virtual games. You can use it for simulation and training, but in my opinion it is slightly more limiting in its uses than AR.
At the end of the day, AR and VR are indeed two technologies that will define our future. Which one will be more popular?
It’s hard to tell because these two technologies cater to different markets and they are a pleasure to use, however AR does offer more flexibility. For now, all you need to do is to try them both and see which one suits your needs and requirements.
Lots of businesses such as hotels and retailers (among others) tend to use these technologies with great success. So, you are bound to enjoy using them, and the functions of these apps are growing… to further assist us in our everyday lives.