The difference between Augmented and Virtual Reality

The difference between Augmented and Virtual Reality

When it comes to virtual reality (VR), most people think of computer-generated simulations that allow you to experience what it would be like to be in another place. However, there is another type of immersive technology that is becoming increasingly popular, and that is augmented reality (AR).

Augmented Reality

With AR, digital information is overlaid onto the real world.

For example, you might use an AR app to see the name and contact information of the person you are looking at, or to get turn-by-turn directions as you walk down the street.

AR has a number of advantages over VR. First, it is less immersive than VR, so you are less likely to experience motion sickness or other negative side effects. Second, it is more portable, since you can use it with just your smartphone or tablet. Finally, AR can be used in a variety of situations, such as shopping, gaming, and education.

AR is a great tool for overlaying information on a production line. You can find out more about an Industry 4.0 project we completed.

Virtual Reality

There are many benefits of virtual reality over augmented reality. One benefit is that virtual reality can provide a more immersive experience for the user. Additionally, virtual reality can be used to create simulations for training purposes, whereas augmented reality typically cannot.

Additionally, virtual reality can be used to create experiences that are not possible in the real world, such as for video games, entertainment purposes and training. Finally, virtual reality can be used to create experiences that are more realistic than those possible with augmented reality, making it more effective for certain applications such as medical training.

An example of medical training in virtual reality is the Bronchoscopy Training app that we have developed here at imersifi.

Summary

Both technologies have their advantages and disadvantages. If you would like to know more or have a project that could benefit from either technology, please get in touch.

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