Virtual Reality Technology Differences From Augmented Reality
First before we go over to the war on which is better and more advance, lets go through a little bit of history first. Virtual reality technology and augmented reality technology does not differ much from each other. Virtual Reality Technology was first introduced in the 1860s, when a 360-degree art was painted to showcase a panoramic mural view. This is seen in the Baldassare Peruzzi‘s piece titled, Sala delle Prospettive. It is not until 1980s when Jaron Lanier coin the term “Virtual Reality”. From that day on we can see 3D 360 view of street views by Google Street View in 2010 (Google Street View was introduced in 2007), SEGA releases the Sega VR-1 motion simulator arcade attraction in 1994 in SegaWorld.
Virtual reality Technology recently made famous with Kickstarter crowd funded project called Oculus Rift that was acquired by Facebook to further improve the device and inject more funds to get the VR device on the market shelf. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “We’re going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this,” at the initial announcement. While Virtual Reality Technology sees a high interest in the gaming industry it is promoted in the movies such as Gamer starred by Gerard Butler. Virtual reality technology allows gamers to immerse fully in the digital world as if there were inside the game. This is thought of since the beginning of the 3D game creation back in the 90s.
Aside from gaming, Virtual reality technology also allows other practical implementations such as controlling robots on Mars, military training in pilots, marines and much more. In the health industries doctors can replicate complicated surgeries with virtual reality to better prepare them and also in education where kids and students can immerse in the human body to see how the heart beat and brain functions.
Virtual Reality is separate from Reality while Augmented Reality is enhancing Current Reality.
Regarding what is augmented reality, it really is digitalised reality overlaying our current reality. Just imagine Iron-Man HUD system in his iron suit and thats what it like to have augmented reality coming alive in our real life. With the amazing mobile apps allowing more augmented reality powered systems to make more things possible with augmented reality such as Wikitude, Layar, Zappar, and of course Playme AR! There is almost an unlimited possibilities to use augmented reality with the real life usage and industries.
Imagine the possibilities of Augmented Reality that will be able to guide you when your driving, walking towards the airport gate, through the city to find right restaurant. Augmented reality technology is a little flexible where it does not bring the viewer to a separate reality and away from the current reality. There is also an app World Lens that translate text on the fly and is acquired by Google. With that in motion more and more developers are creating augmented reality experiences with statistics shown that AR will keep on growing.
Here’s a little video of Virtual Reality and Playme Augmented Reality Video to end the post and what do you think of both the virtual reality technology and augmented reality technology fair? Keep a finger cross and hope the future is going to be as exciting as it can be!
Virtual Reality : Oculus Rift.
Playme AR Video
Hope everyone likes the comparison and as excited as we are of both virtual reality technology and augmented reality technology! See you guys soon!