One big confusion with many people in the world is the difference between AR which is Augmented reality and VR which is Virtual reality. Both these words are thrown a lot in the tech world. So what is the difference between AR and VR?

What is Augmented Reality?

Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology which layers computer generated enhancements to existing reality. Through AR app development users are surrounded in a world with more interactivity, and can be digitally manipulated.

The best way to think about it is through Pokemon Go which was a massive craze when it first came out. It combined real life as you could walk around trying to catch Pokemon on your phone. So you could see the real world on your phone and see these animations of Pokemon appear and you would flick your finger to throw a Pokeball to catch the Pokemon.

What is Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality (VR) is an artificial environment, which is created with software and presented in a way so that the user is within a virtual world. It makes the user feel like they are simulating the reality first hand, mainly through vision, hearing and motion.

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This Virtual reality world is created by wearing a VR headset, the two main headsets on the market are the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Once the headset is on it leaves you blind to the current world, but will expand your senses within. There are many different VR experiences in the world present, for example virtual reality sky diving, mountain biking,virtual racing the list goes on… Including the ability to visualise something before it’s been build like we do here at TruVision!

 

What is the difference? Imagine scuba diving vs Going to the aquarium.

Overall the main differences align to the fact that they both alter the perception of our presence. Augmented reality supplements our current reality, but does not change our environment. Whereas Virtual Reality on the other hand, acts as a virtual portal like going to a 3rd dimension. Once the VR headset is on you are transported to a world where anything is possible…

 

 

 

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Alex Mendez
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Alex Mendez

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Current student at Plymouth University studying Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Alex is new to the business world but is ready to make a stand from the crowd. Alex enjoys creating content with emotion which captures the imagination of the people.

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