Augmented Reality (AR) | The digital layer
Augmented Reality allows us to see the digital layer over our physical world. It enables us to access information which you could only reach through our computers and mobile devices. With the use of AR information and graphical input such as sensor data, GPS, video and audio is now available at your fingertips. The Augmented Reality technology has already proven to be an extremely viable asset for commercial, navigation, training and maintenance purposes.
What is AR?
Augmented reality (AR) is the intergration of digital information within the phisical invironment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it. The important part of AR is that it brings components from the digital world into the users perception of the real world. As a result of this a lot of different usefull information can be extracted and shown. The high quality and positional tracking ensures the user percieves the information as a natural part of the environment.
How does it work?
Augmented reality uses the position of your mobile phone in combination with the camera to overlay digital information. it can track the position of your phone and move the information accordingly. it can display information that is provided by the application as well as display information from a sensor. These input methods can be videos, Images or real time information like temperature. The information can be incorporated in the application or it could be extracted from a server. As a result of the dynamic way to display information it is possible to update the information real time. Providing an easy way to update and distribute information to the required people.
How can we use it?
Using AR within the businiss can work out in many ways. Because the application can extract information from multiple sources, and as a result it is possible to display relevent information on the fly. You can use valueble documentation and media to display the information to the users. While Virtual Reality requires headsets or a device to slide your phone in. The Augmented reality works as a stand alone application on your phone and only uses the camera.
A practicle example of using Augmented reality within a business is to use it as remote support. It could be possible for a user to wear a google glass or other Augmented Reality device to see information, and then a support could be provided remotly. As a result of this the cost of support can be reduced. Another example could be to display relevant information to users with the use of the app, including sensor data.
Augmented Reality VS Virtual Reality
In contrast to Virtual realtity, AR works on most new mobile devices. An augmented layer with realtime information is displayed on top of the real world. This information can be extracted from a wide range of sensors and other information sources. As a result of this it is possible to show information like temperature, pressure and other digital information. Image recognition allows us to display full 3d models or 2d images on the desired location. Consequently displaying a 3d model enhances the experience of inspecting the created model.