Augmented Reality: The future of Virtual World
If we look back a decade, people were much satisfied with 2D videos, back then there was no or very less craze for smartphones and we could find handful people owning one. Then there came the 3D technology which helped experience the 3-dimensional world with the help of special glasses made for that purpose. The person experiencing it could enjoy the videography such that it’s happening just in front of them. Then came the Virtual Reality, the concept which is still new to the market and smells fresh.
We can say 2015 and 2016 are the years for Virtual Reality, the concept which had helped to bring the 3D just into a small confined box. The user needs to put their smartphone in a VR box like Google Cardboard and watch through the eye holes, which has got a great mechanism of Concave and Convex lens put together into a rectangular box to give a 3D feeling to the videos such that it feels that the video is being watched in big screen of multiplex, and the best implementation of VR came into the Reality Games, which were a hit last year. Now the most important part of this blog, the Augmented Reality.
What if we can project our smartphone onto our hands or on a wall and use its functionality like we do on the screen. Sounds great but impossible right! We’ve seen Tony Stark using high-end smartphones and gadgets in Iron Man series which develops a screen anywhere in the air and he can access J.A.R.V.I.S. on the go, we’ve seen these Augmented realities in other Sci-Fi Hollywood movies. So, this is the primary concept of Augmented Reality. It blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing what we see in the real world. While Virtual Reality is an environment with immersive computer-generated artifacts, Augmented Reality is something close to real world things. Augmented reality adds everything like graphics, sounds, haptic feedback and smells to the natural world as it exists in real life. Both video games and smartphones are driving the development of augmented reality and hopefully, soon it’s going to be real.
We’ve already seen few apps taking the concept and using it in real life. One such good example is Pokémon Go which made a craze among public few months back. The app by Niantic made use of the rear camera of the device to give a real-life image of the situation while catching the Pokémon.
Speaking of such things reminded of the patents filed by Apple which hints at the upcoming AR/VR headset by them which might be accompanied with the future iOS devices. Based on the rumor, Apple has got a team of more than 100 experts doing research on the next generation of headsets based on AR. In the recent days, Apple has acquired multiple firms which work on AR/VR devices. Last year we have also experienced Microsoft HoloLens which is also an Augmented Reality concept brought into life by Redmond giant. Apple might be trying something better than that, it could be your personal assistant even, just like J.A.R.V.I.S.
It is also rumored that the Cupertino giant is working on a set of smart glasses that can connect wirelessly to the Apple iPhone and iPads and would display images and information right in front of their eyes in it. It might be some technology similar to Google Glass with few added features and advancements. As per the sources, Apple is aiming to launch the device by 2018 but this timeline is as per the leaks. We’re yet to receive official news from the company itself.
Peeping more into the rumors, Apple might incorporate this technology into its ongoing car project as part of an in-car software system which might include a heads-up display and many other features along with it. Right now, predicting is the only key to this Apple devices. For getting more information on these AR devices, we need the product to go live soon, which won’t happen by 2018 as per rumors, and then we can do our reality check.
Considering the present technological world, we live in, Augmented Reality is the next big thing in this field. The possibilities and scope of AR/VR headsets are immense. Few of these include Augmented Reality features within Maps like real-time Navigation, Snapchat-style camera filters, and other apps to virtual 3D interfaces and a lot more. AR will make our interaction with devices much more realistic and interactive. There are other firms apart from Apple who is working on such AR devices and on some other blog, we’ll discuss them too. Hope you people enjoyed reading this article. To know more about technology and gadgets, keep a check on Cashify’s blog.