AR & VR: Are they different?

It’s the year 2021 and technology is growing faster than ever. In the past, we dreamt of flying cars but now although an actual car that can lift off the ground has yet to exist, we can see flying cars. How you ask? Through two important technological advances known as Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality.

What are these words? How can there be more than one reality? Don’t get too worked up! Technology has made it possible for us humans to experience a new type of ‘reality’. Augmented Reality (AR) makes it possible for us to see digital content in the real world. On the other side of the spectrum, Virtual Reality (VR) creates a ‘reality’ in the digital realm for us to experience. Both of these ‘realities’ can aid us in seeing actual flying cars in the sky.

Now then, why are the two capable of doing the same thing separate? That’s because the two are different in nature. Augmented Reality adds to the user’s reality meaning the content, viewed through a smartphone, appears to be in real life. Similar to how Pokemon GO makes the dreams of long-time Pokemon fans a reality by seeing them on the grass in front of their houses. Virtual Reality, instead, lets users enter a new reality. A fantastical world, space, anywhere is possible as long as the user has the specific equipment for it.

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Speaking of instruments, Virtual Reality is more on the expensive side where users have to use a VR headset as well as controllers to look around and interact with the content. AR only requires a smartphone and an app to access the content.

Let’s put it this way. Augmented Reality enhances the real world while Virtual Reality enhances our imagination.

Human technology is starting to reach Steven Spielberg’s imagination in Back to the Future. Maybe not in 2015 but who knows? It may be closer than we think.

“Great Scott!” – Emmett Brown
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