Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality changes the way you look at the world. Augmented Reality is defined as “an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to add digital information on an image of something”.
Augmented Reality used in apps for smart-phones and tablets uses your phone’s camera to show a view of real-world in-front of you, put a layer of information including text and/or images on the top of the view.
The Layar app shows you information about the places you visit using augmented reality. Open the app when you are visiting a site in a layer over your view.
You can also find money machines, real estate for sale, find restaurants, and more be using the AR feature of the app.
Virtual Reality is defined as “the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment.”
When you view a VR, you are viewing a completely different reality than the one in front of you.
You can view a virtual reality through a special VR viewer such as the Oculus Rift and with other virtual reality viewers use your phone and VR apps such as Google Cardboard or Daydream View.
Mixed reality is a form of augmented reality which is somewhere between VR and AR. Mixed reality augments the real world which aims to look as if they are really placed within that world.
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality
Virtual Reality – Immerses fully artificial digital environment. Fully artificial environment
Augmented Reality – Overlays virtual objects in the real world environment. Virtual objects overlaid on the real-world environment. The real world enhances with digital objects.
Mixed Reality – Not just overlays but anchors virtual objects to the real world. Virtual environment combined with the real world. Interact with both the real world and the virtual environment.