Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment. Its elements are augmented ( or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions differently by enhancing one’s current perception of reality.
Let’s see what Matt Mills and Tamara Roukaerts are saying about phones that could see the world, in the same way that we do.
Virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one. Augmentation is conventionally in real-time and semantic context with environmental elements, such as sports scores on TV during a match. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally manipulable. Artificial information about the environment and its objects can be overlaid on the real world.
Augmented reality applications can complement a standard curriculum in education. Text, graphics, video and audio can be superimposed into a student’s real-time environment. Textbooks, flashcards and other educational reading materials can contain embedded “markers” that when scanned by an AR device produce supplementary information to the student rendered in a multimedia format.
Students can participate interactively with the computer generated simulations of historical events, exploring and learning details of each significant area of the event site. e.g. Augmented Reality can aid students in understanding chemistry by allowing them to visualize the spatial structure of a molecules and interact with a virtual model of it that appears, in a camera image, positioned at a marker held in their hand.
Augmented reality technology also permits learning via remote collaboration, in which students and instructors not at the same physical location. They can share a common virtual learning environment populated by virtual objects and learning materials and interact with another within that setting.
Junaio is the most advanced Augmented Reality Browser in the world. Their blog contains various videos showing the power of augmented reality. Free Junaio app is available on iOS or Android.