Nobody knows for sure what the future looks like.
Will there be flying cars? Will robots take control of our lives? Or do we really have to go to Mars cause the Earth has ran out of space or simply because we human like to explore (or start a war). And we bet that a lot of us are still waiting for the Hover Board or at least the Light Saber to come true, right?
But, for the sake of discussion, we know what the future looks like, or at least where Augmented Reality (AR) matters.
Nowadays, AR is made famous in areas such as:
AR can help industrial designers experience a product’s design and operation before completion. Volkswagen uses AR for comparing calculated and actual crash test imagery. AR can be used to visualize and modify a car body structure and engine layout. AR can also be used to compare digital mock-ups with physical mock-ups for finding discrepancies between them.
Since 2005, a device that films subcutaneous veins, processes and projects the image of the veins onto the skin has been used to locate veins. This device is called VeinViewer
AR can aid in visualizing building projects. Computer-generated images of a structure can be superimposed into a real life local view of a property before the physical building is constructed there. AR can also be employed within an architect’s work space, rendering into their view animated 3D visualizations of their 2D drawings. Architecture sight-seeing can be enhanced with AR applications allowing users viewing a building’s exterior to virtually see through its walls, viewing its interior objects and layout.
In 2014 the company L’Oreal Paris started developing a smartphone and tablet application called “Makeup Genius”, which lets users try out make-up and beauty styles utilizing the front-facing camera of the endpoint and its display.
Tourism and sightseeing
Augmented reality applications can enhance a user’s experience when traveling by providing real time informational displays regarding a location and its features. AR applications allow tourists to experience simulations of historical events, places and objects by rendering them into their current view of a landscape.
Sports and entertainment
AR has become common in sports telecasting. Sports and entertainment venues are provided with see-through and overlay augmentation through tracked camera feeds for enhanced viewing by the audience. AR is also used in association with football and other sporting events to show commercial advertisements overlaid onto the view of the playing area.
Augmented reality applications can complement a standard curriculum. Text, graphics, video and audio can be superimposed into a student’s real time environment. Textbooks, flashcards and other educational reading material can contain embedded “markers” that, when scanned by an AR device, produce supplementary information to the student rendered in a multimedia format. AR can aid students in understanding chemistry by allowing them to visualize the spatial structure of a molecule and interact with a virtual model.
Children especially in primary school can learn through experiences, and visuals can be used to help them learn. For instance, they can learn new knowledge about astronomy, which can be difficult to understand, and children might better understand the solar system when using AR devices and being able to see it in 3D.
There you go, at least 7 benefits of AR for your perusal.
Whatever the future brings, AR will always have its place.