Augmented Reality Vs. Virtual Reality: Which One Will Triumph?
7 September 2017, by Sree Tejaswi
Technology can make everything possible nowadays. It has developed in such a way that it even makes you sense and feel your presence in your dream or imagined world. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are two of such most crucial technology advancements that detach you from the real world. However, the theory between both the AR and VR is entirely different.
Let us dive into the article, to know the subtle differences between AR and VR.
Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created by computer graphics, which can be experienced as if that was real. Whereas, augmented reality adds an overlay to the already existing real world, instead of replacing reality (a blend of virtual reality and real life).
Both AR and VR are similar in the ambition of connecting users beyond the real life. However, both the systems do this in diverse ways. With VR, you will be isolated from real-life and involve in the world that is entirely fabricated. With AR, you will be continuously in touch with real-world besides interacting virtual objects around them.
What are they used for?
Everyone believes that virtual reality is just for gaming. But, any business that would benefit from involving users in a different world can use VR technology. This technology could be used during therapeutic treatments for problems such as phobias and other circumstances like tourism to show people the things which no longer exist but are of interest.
AR exists with a much wider scope. Anything that is developed using VR technology can also be developed by AR technology. When we consider games, treatment, and tourism with AR technology, they provide more realistic experience as they were developed having the real world as a part of the technology.
Which technology will succeed?
Even though VR garnered attention in recent years, AR technology acquired substantial financial support from investors and venture capitalists. This is because; AR, in fact, is a stimulated approach towards tangible results and is far more practical with multiple implementations than VR.
As various products with augmented reality are already in the market, we can state that it is ahead of virtual reality. When it comes to VR technology, it is spreading its wings with the rise of Oculus Rift but has still a long way to go to receive a strong impression from users.
Market sector forecasts estimated that by 2020, AR and VR would hit $150 billion revenue with AR taking $120 billion shares and VR at $30 billion.
Though AR does not take people completely out of the real world, it may have more commercial success as it provides a realistic experience. However, we believe that both AR and VR technologies will succeed.