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What is augmented reality all about?

I am wondering what augmented reality is because it is just something that I would like to have more information about. My curiosity gets the better of me, so this is a topic that I would really like to uncover more about. #help #information #augmented-reality

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Sarah’s Answer

Giorgia Lupi (http://giorgialupi.com/) is an information designer who has done some projects in this field. Specifically an augmented wall for a Starbucks in Milan (http://giorgialupi.com/data-wall-experience-for-starbucks-milan) and an exploration of hopes (http://giorgialupi.com/building-hopes). Suggest you take a look at her work as she's pretty good about explaining it. Might also look for some TED talks on the topic; it's where I often learn more about a topic I'm interested in.
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Gary’s Answer

Hi,
I had never heard of this so I was interested and I found a good link for you:
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/augmented-reality.htm


Researchers and engineers are pulling graphics out of your television screen or computer display and integrating them into real-world environments. This new technology, called augmented reality, blurs the line between what's real and what's computer-generated by enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell. On the spectrum between virtual reality, which creates immersive, computer-generated environments, and the real world, augmented reality is closer to the real world. Augmented reality adds graphics, sounds, haptic feedback and smell to the natural world as it exists. Both video games and cell phones are driving the development of augmented reality. Everyone from tourists, to soldiers, to someone looking for the closest subway stop can now benefit from the ability to place computer-generated graphics in their field of vision.


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Seth’s Answer

Augmented reality (as opposed to Virtual Reality, which I can explain below) is the mapping of additional video or interactive elements onto a real-time video for users to either get more information about their environment/surroundings, or to "augment" them in some way by enhancing that experience. A very simple example of this is back-up cameras on a car. Those little lines that show the direction your car is turning, or areas that turn red or yellow to warn you you're approaching something? That's augmentation, or supplemental information being provided on top of real-time video.

Virtual reality is typically a more immersive experience, trying to create an entire "reality" to immerse you into. This is typically accomplished using something that makes you "feel like you're there", either via a headset or surrounding screens. Usually, this is also an attempt to simulate an entire experience, instead of adding supplementary information to real-time experiences.
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