What is augmented reality? It is a technology that combines two or more technologies to create an experience in which objects in the world around you are enhanced through the use of electronics. Augmented reality is simply an interactive experience of an existing real-life environment in which computer-generated perceived information, often across several sensory modalities, such as visual, audible, tactile, gustatory, visual and olfactory, is enhanced by computer-generated sensory information. In other words, through what we wear, act in front of us, or use in our day-to-day lives, our physical world is recreated by our computers. While the actual technology behind what augmented reality is has been around for some time, recent advancements in technology have allowed for what we use it for to become a reality for the first time.
Hololens is one example of an augmented reality system. What is augmented reality you ask? Hololens is a holographic projection unit which projects an image of whatever you are looking at into your eyes. This allows you to see items through their perspective and interact with them, just as if you were actually there. When you put on a Hololens unit, you can project a scene through a camera and interact with the item that you are viewing, just as if you were in that particular location.
Another example of augmented reality technology is the glasses called augmented reality glasses. These glasses incorporate the technology of halogens into a pair of stylish glasses that you wear. The glasses use your own muscles to project an image onto the lens. Just like halogens units, these glasses work with your own nervous system to give you a full experience of being in an environment that you are seeing through your eyes.
Not much is known about augmented reality at this time. One company working on a project called the Metaverse claims to have already developed a virtual “board game” for the Apple Iphone. However, no one is quite sure how well this idea will work, especially considering how few people play games on the Iphone. Another company by the name of Numinous Systems, however, is currently working on another possible solution called the holographic computing system, which could work similar to halogens.
What does this mean for the future? If the idea of using your own mental imagery and physical world knowledge to play virtual poker against opponents has appeal, then there is no reason why augmented reality should not eventually take over completely. As people learn more about how the mind operates, they may be able to realize that they do not need to physically leave their house to engage in virtual combat or go to war with virtual soldiers in some kind of epic battle. What it means to be physically present in a virtual world depends upon each person’s mental makeup. Augmented reality could very well be a highly advanced mind-boggling concept that we don’t fully understand yet.
The question as to what augmented reality smartglasses can do for us naturally arises when you realize that they can do so much more than just give you a visual reference while you’re walking around. A mind-eye connection is only one aspect of this technology, however. The future of this type of helmet is probably based upon the idea that you can enter a different world through your eyes. You could be sitting in your living room surrounded by a wall of computer screens, but you can step into a whole new world while you are wearing your HMD.
How would you describe the experience to someone who doesn’t know what augmented reality look like? If you have never tried the virtual world that exists with the help of a Google Glass, you might not know what we mean when we say that it’s like having a really good lucid dream. The thing is, these dreams come real enough to be very entertaining. We all have had some pretty fantastic dreams, and if you wear a device that enables you to see the world in 3-D, you can have some pretty wild and completely out-of-body experiences.
The future of augmented reality may hold a lot of promises, but none of them is quite as exciting as the ability to turn your computer into a powerful device that acts like an extension of your own body. Imagine being able to run, jump, climb, and even throw a ball like you would in the game of basketball using nothing but your head. You might think that such technology is beyond our current technology, but you’d be wrong. There are companies out there that are working on developing augmented reality technology that will let you use your computer – and possibly even a lot of your body – as part of your augmented reality experience.