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Augment Your World with Augmented Reality

Nigel Pereira explores endless applications for superimposing computer-generated content onto the user’s view of the real world.

If you’ve seen it, you’re probably familiar with augmented reality. terminator, Universal Soldier, Predator, Top Gun, Iron Man, Avatar, and nearly every James Bond movie.of terminatorespecially when viewed through the eyes of a killer cyborg, in addition to the real world, we see a lot of other information on the screen, such as whether the person is a friend, enemy, target, etc. predator In the movies, you can see through the eyes of a bloodthirsty alien who sees everything in night vision/heat sensing mode and displays a lot of additional information on the screen.

What is AR?

Killer robots and aliens are sci-fi as far as we know, but augmented reality helmets top gun For pilots who need to see a lot of additional information through their helmet or visor, this is a reality. Augmented Reality (AR) is basically a view of your real surroundings with added real-time information. We see this a lot in James in his Bond movies, where he wears special glasses that keep him up to date with real-time updates of his surroundings. Similarly, Iron Man is constantly getting updates on his AR from his JARVIS on the computer whenever he flies around in the suit.

Imagine walking through a supermarket with your AR glasses. Get directions, discounted product advice, and customer reviews. Or imagine you’re on vacation with AR glasses that act as translators as well as tour guides. The possibilities are endless, and as humans with a constant thirst for information and knowledge, having our natural vision fed with real-time information seems almost psychic. Aside from the fact that it’s definitely not allowed during a casino or poker match, AR could change the world in many ways.

Augmented Reality Vs.virtual reality

In a previous post on the Metaverse, we detailed the possibilities of virtual reality and how to get to the full virtual land. That’s VR. A place that is 100% virtual and does not exist in the real world. You can roam, make friends, fight demons, and even go on virtual holidays. However, you could even argue that the key word here is virtual, that it doesn’t actually exist in the physical realm and that what you do there doesn’t really happen. You might get bitten or even die in a VR game, but it has no effect in the real world.

VR is a fully immersive experience that has nothing to do with the real world, while AR happens in the real world. AR augments physical reality by adding useful digital elements in the form of sounds, photos, videos, and even GPS overlays. The GPS overlay changes and updates in real time based on your actions and movements. Experience VR requires a VR-enabled headset, while AR only requires a phone with a camera. A good example here is the popular game Pokemon GO. The game lets you find Pokémon by simply pointing your phone’s camera at your real surroundings.

real application

Overlay CG content on daily necessities (Image credit: Wikipedia)

There are literally endless applications for superimposing computer-generated content onto a user’s view of the real world. In addition to entertainment apps like Instagram and Snapchat that let you add computer-generated content to your photos in the form of filters, AR is being applied in everything from interior design to healthcare, education, and even agriculture. Popular Swedish furniture store IKEA has already released an augmented reality app called IKEA Place. With this app, you can add virtual 3D models of life-size furniture to your home that you can add, remove, and view at will.

Specifically for healthcare, data from MRIs and CT scans are loaded into AR headsets and overlaid on the patient’s real anatomy during surgery. Microsoft HoloLens AR glasses are already being used by reconstructive surgeons. Similarly, she uses Google Expeditions in her classroom to allow her students to view and interact with her 3D objects, making learning more interesting and interactive. AR is also used to enable smart farming, providing farmers with real-time data on the best crops to plant on a particular plot, potential pests and countermeasures, ideal soil conditions, and even weather forecasts. It has been.

the sky is the limit

Astronomers find distant, lonely neutron star
Astronomers find distant, lonely neutron star (Image credit: flicker)

If you’ve ever wondered if there’s an easy way to tell the different planets and constellations apart by looking at the stars in the night sky, yes. The Stellarium app lets you look at the sky through your phone’s camera and overlay all the names of the stars and planets onto your view. SkyView and Star Walk are examples of similar astronomy apps that use AR to add useful information about stars and galaxies to your view through your phone’s camera. With applications in nearly every industry under the sun, stars and skies are just the beginning of what AR can potentially do.

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