Alternative Reality vs Virtual Reality, What is the Future?
Recently, the terms “AR” and “VR” have become common vernacular in our everyday lives. Years ago, the idea humanity could transfer over to an alternative reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) was deemed highly improbable. However, we now live in a digital age.
Everywhere you look, technology is defining our lives. With this connection to technology comes the potential for rapid advancements of technology in just short periods of time, with AR and VR being prime examples of this.
We know AR and VR will now forever be a part of our lives, but which one will reign supreme? Before we attempt to answer this difficult question, let’s first answer this: what exactly are AR and VR, and what’s the difference between the two?
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What is Augmented Reality (AR)?
Augmented reality is a type of technology that superimposes a digital image on the user’s device, whether it be a computer, tablet, or most popularly, a smartphone. Normally used to create interactive experiences in the real world through the viewpoint of the user’s device, augmented reality isn’t limited to sight. Many AR applications use auditory, sensual, or other manners to portray information to the user. Popular AR experiences include Pokémon GO, IKEA’s AR furniture application, and Snapchat.
What is Virtual Reality (VR)?
Virtual reality is a type of three-dimensional technology that simulates another environment or image through the use of other tech equipment like VR headsets, a helmet with a screen, or other devices completely covering the user’s field of sight. This is the key with VR - it completely covers the user’s field of sight with the VR device’s screen, almost always giving the user a first-person view into another simulated, digital world. Well-known VR experiences include the Oculus gaming headset, training for military forces, and as we discussed in an article last week, the developing metaverse.
What are the differences between AR and VR? Will one outcompete the other?
While both AR and VR are valuable pieces of technology for humanity, it seems VR will soon be of higher demand than AR. Although AR is likely to stick around via casual social media platforms like Snapchat, VR will most-likely be used more due to higher demand.
As humans, we love to escape reality for a bit and transport ourselves to another world, and VR allows us to do this without distraction. In addition, although AR is now being used by businesses and organizations for training and development, safety seminars, and other manners, VR is certain to take over in the long run.
With this higher demand for VR comes the need for VR-specific career opportunities to be created. Expect an increase of jobs in the tech development world (project management, software engineering, graphic design, and more) in the coming years. Both VR and AR can be used in nearly every industry, and we expect to see this occur as time progresses.
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