Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the biggest technology trends in the world today, and it’s only going to get bigger as more AR-enabled smartphones and other devices become available around the world. AR is the superimposition of digital augmentations on the real environment in front of you, such as a swaying tree in a park, a dog chasing a ball, or a child playing soccer. For example, you can see a pterodactyl landing on a tree, a dog befriending an animated character, or kids kicking an alien spaceship towards the goal.
Thanks to advances in AR technology, these examples are not so different from what is already available on your smartphone: a Snapchat lens, an app to help you find your car in a crowded parking lot, a shopping app that lets you try on clothes without leaving your home. The most famous example of augmented reality technology is AR.
Perhaps the most famous example of AR technology is the mobile app Pokemon Go, which was released in 2016 and became an instant hit. In this game, players can find and catch Pokémon characters that appear in the real world, such as on sidewalks, in water fountains, and even in the bathroom of their own homes.
Aside from games, there are many uses for AR in our daily lives, like Pikachu’s rampage in Pokemon GO. Here are some examples
In navigation systems, augmented reality (AR) can be used to superimpose routes onto a live view of the road.
At soccer games, broadcasters use AR to draw lines on the field to illustrate and analyze the play. IKEA, a major furniture and housewares company, offers an AR app (IKEA Place) that allows you to see how your furniture looks and how it fits into the space. Military fighter pilots don’t have to look down to concentrate as data such as altitude and speed are projected in AR onto the visor of their helmets.
A neurosurgeon may use AR to project a 3D brain to aid in surgery. At historic sites like Pompeii in Italy, AR can be used to bring the past to life by projecting the image of an ancient civilization on top of the current ruins.
At an airport in Singapore, ground personnel wear AR glasses to check information on cargo containers, reducing loading time.