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Augmented Reality and its Applications

Arpatech Dec 10, 2021

Technology keeps surprising us with innovations every day.

Things that seemed nearly impossible in the past are just a tap away thanks to the latest gadgets and amazing tech-driven trends. Smartphones have become more accessible with state-of-the-art features, making lives much more exciting and easier.

Similarly, augmented reality is one of the exciting trends that has captivated everyone. It lets us feel the reality and enhances it with the hint of technology.

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented Reality (AR) gives users the feel of reality and the enhancement of the physical world and its objects. Designers strengthen the inserting parts of computer-generated input. Augmented reality is not magic; designers don’t flick their wands in the air to develop that experience. They create inputs from video, sound, graphics, GPS, and every necessary detail to make AR possible. As a result, digital content is created which works in real-time and alters the user’s movement and environment.

Augmented Reality makes your technology experience exciting and interesting. One of the examples of AR is when you can try clothes on an online app without physically going to the store. Or when the app lets you try the makeup without moving an inch from your couch. Also, some apps use augmented reality to create 3D characters.

How Does Augmented Reality Work?

Augmented reality augments the real images captured from the camera. It involves some basic elements.

  1. Registration tools
  2. Depth-sensing camera
  3. Computer vision
  4. Output device

1.      Registration Tools

Augmented Reality requires some tools such as accelerometers and motion sensors. These two tools enable the computer to give space in places where sensory information is required or where the focused objects have to be located around the AR user.

2.    Depth-Sensing Camera

A camera in augmented reality is required to create your desired object. The camera records visual information to add those visuals to existing objects and places. The purpose of the camera is also to distinguish the distance of the subject and its angle from afar.

3.    Computer vision

The camera captures the images from the world such as the beauty of nature or any preferable object. The images are then interpreted for reference by using the algorithm of machine learning (ML). ML algorithm brings creativity to the merged information that gives excellent results in the form of AR experience.

For instance, when you capture an image of a car, you train the camera to recognize objects that look like cars. It uses pixels of a car’s image which it uses as a reference for the recognition of similar objects. So, when the next time you take a photo of a car, the ML algorithm will use the previous reference to guess that this object is a car.

4.    Output tool

The output device displays the final result of the AR experience. It can be a mobile device, computer screen, or TV screen to see the image or the videos of the genius augmented reality.

Real-life Examples of Augmented Reality

1.     Education

With an advanced educational system, augmented reality allows the institutes to introduce dynamic 3D models in the class. 3D models offer a great deal of understanding to students with the fun facts that help them learn better. It is the best approach for visual learners as the AR adds life to the concepts with the help of digital rendering.

2.    Online Shopping

Online shopping is always the best idea for shopaholics who like to stay home. One can buy anything from anywhere. Augmented reality adds fun to your online shopping spree. How? With conventional online shopping, you cannot check how a dress looks on you just by seeing its picture. That’s where AR comes in handy.

You can now check which color will suit your kitchen walls fine, you can check if the dress you are interested in buying, will or will not look good on you. Similarly, with AR’s implementation, you can virtually wear the make-up for trial.

3.    Healthcare

The healthcare field has progressed and introduced new high-tech tools to make surgeries simple and time-efficient. Augmented reality can take digital images of the critical parts for the surgeons in 3D view. This will help surgeons perform successful surgeries. Some of the examples of AR implementation in healthcare are 3D medical imaging and digital surgery.

For beginners, they can use AR implemented apps that help them practice surgery on a virtual body, for better learning to avoid mistakes on the advanced level. Indeed, it will not give them the experience of real-life surgery, but it takes them a step ahead on the learning ladder.

4.    Navigation apps

We all know how important safety is and augmented reality is now here to ensure that your navigation apps are secure and reliable. With AR features, the safety of the navigation apps is correctly handled. Smartphone GPS is combined with AR which provides instructions to the driver of the virtual path. All iOS and Android devices now have this feature.

The Takeaway

Augmented reality has been around for quite some time as a part of business, entertainment, education, and security purposes. And the technology shows considerable promise for years ahead. Some of the applications of AR are already common and, within the next few years, the technology will be providing ease in dealing with more complex and multifaceted real-life problems.

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