The Differences Between VR & AR

By Jiun Ting Yong

To begin with, after the VR sensation, which was followed by AR a few years ago, playing Pokemon Go on your Android and iOS devices was and incredible experience . However, those two technologies were different — which brings us to the real question: what is a virtual reality?

Virtual reality is a technology where you use  computer technology to create a simulated environment. When you put on a VR headset, like Oculus hardware, you are viewing a completely different reality than the one we’re in. Remember it isn’t real, but a simulated world.

Virtual reality allows you to move around and look in each direction, even sideways and behind you,  or maybe in a 360-degree panorama view as if you are physically there. A VR simulated world can be photographed, events and places like a museum and ancient Rome! With virtual reality apps in Android and iOS, you can visit places you have never been such as planet Mars, Moons, the Mt. Everest, or areas deep under the sea and countries you have never been to. You can use Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift to simulate the virtual reality world by downloading those apps on your Android and iOS apps.

Also, the Google Earth allows you to view the VR app. Also, VR is a good tool for teaching and learning in History and Medicine.  Can you imagine if you learned more about the human anatomy and visit ancient ruins like Sumerian, Babylon, Assyrian, Persia, pre – Columbian Mesoamerican ruins and Greek/Roman temples!

Augmented reality is a technology where it will be an advanced version of reality created by the use of technology that allows you to add digital information on an image. AR is used in apps which are installed on your smartphone or tablet. AR apps use your smartphone’s camera to help you to view the real world around you with a layer of information with some text or images.

A great example of an AR app would be the Pokemon Go app, which was quite popular among children, young adults and adults who were fans of Pokemon. It was an example of a simulated environment using AR technology. The future of smartphones, like the latest iOS and iPhone released already, included AR as part of their functionality — even VR apps have already gone mainstream.

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