Augmented reality display technology is a tool that creates an enhanced view of the physical reality by immersing digital elements such as images, text, sounds and videos.
Popular synonyms of the technology include enhanced reality, increased reality and AR.
How does augmented reality display work?
Augmented reality display technology uses a combination of sensors and software features.
The augmented reality software ( ARKit for iOS devices or ARCore for Android) is able to understand its physical environment to detect flat surfaces, movements and the position of the phone in relation to its environment.
In addition to the software, compatible AR devices have a combination of sensors, including depth tracking ( to measure depth level), an accelerometer ( to track changes in movement) and a gyroscope ( to track the orientation of the device). These sensors allow an accurate and dynamic presentation of the 3D model in the physical environment.
When the AR tool is activated, both the software and internal sensors are enabled and allow the visualization of 3D models directly in the physical field of view of a device’s camera.
What is the difference between augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)?
With AR, 3D digital elements are integrated into a physical field of vision. This technology can be used with AR compatible mobile devices. With virtual reality, these elements are integrated into a completely virtual environment. VR completely removes your field of vision and can only be achieved with VR headsets, glasses and goggles.
What is the utility of this technology?
Augmented reality is currently being used in many industries such as education, healthcare, real estate and gaming, and its uses are endless.
Augmented reality especially plays an important role for complex innovations, as it allows customers to experience the product in their own surroundings- and not just on a screen- at a realistic 1:1 size for space planning.
For example, augmented reality provides the ability to visualize the configuration and location of machines, without having to bring the equipment onsite. This makes it easy to draw floor plans to scale or visualize new equipment with a mobile device. This tool ensures that everything fits perfectly and makes planning much easier.
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