A variety of computer technologies and computer science techniques are now being used with the hopes to improve aspects of daily living, marketing of a product and even selling of property. Virtual Reality allows you to explore a computer-generated world by actually being in it while on the other hand we have augmented reality, which is one of the newest innovations in the electronics industry. It superimposes graphics, audio and other sense enhancements from computer screens onto real time environments. Augmented reality goes far beyond the static graphics technology of television where the graphics imposed do not change with the perspective. Its systems superimpose graphics for every perspective and adjust to every movement of the user's head and eyes.
There are 3 basic components of augmented reality that include display, tracking system and mobile computing power. The goal of this new technology is to merge these three components into a highly portable unit that would be high tech. Display enables users to view superimposed graphics and text created by the system. Tracking system pinpoints the users location in reference to their surroundings and additionally tracks the users head and eye movements. Mobile computing power, a highly mobile computer superimposes the graphics and text created by the system over what appears in reality.
1. What is the difference between virtual reality and augmented reality?
Virtual Reality is a computer-replicated surrounding where the users are completely immersed in that atmosphere. This is often displayed on either a computer screen that “facilitates the captivation and eliminate any interference from the real world.” (Augmented Reality: Reality Gets Better Case Study, 2011) When a synthetic environment is created with software and presented to the user, the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment. The primary way to experience virtual reality is through two of the five senses: sight and...