Remember Pokémon Go?Well, augmented reality (AR) is much more than a game. To see what AR is and can be, let's take a look at Gartner’s top 10 digital trends. Among AI & machine learning, blockchain and intelligent apps & apps, and other fascinating trends, we can find the trend that's subject of this article: "Virtual and Augmented Reality".
They say that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) transform the way individuals interact with each other and with software systems, creating an immersive environment. For example, VR can be used for training scenarios and remote experiences. AR, which enables a blending of the real and virtual worlds, allows businesses to overlay graphics onto real-world objects, such as hidden wires on the image of a wall. Immersive experiences with AR and VR are reaching tipping points in terms of price and capability but will not replace other interface models. Over time, AR and VR will expand beyond visual immersion to include all human senses. Enterprises should look for targeted applications of VR and AR through 2020.OK, but what is this virtual/augmented/mixed reality all about?
Just take a look at this:
At Qubiz we are always on the lookout of new technologies that brings value to our customers. And VR/AR/MR is one of them.We can picture the following applications for our customers:
Remote instructionsImagine getting step-by-step instructions on things like home repair from an expert. Visual diagrams would actually show up in space around the user indicating exactly what you need to do next. This application could even extend to the battlefield, where detailed medical instructions could be given to untrained personnel in the midst of combat.
Sales demonstrationsPresent the latest type of machine your factory manufactures in 3D, live in operation, in front of your prospect and give them a memorable experience on what the machine is built for and can do for them.
3D manual always at handOperating (complex) machines often require detailed manuals, schematic diagrams and instruction videos. By using AR devices (like HoloLens or Google Glasses), the manual is at your fingertips – just make the right gesture and the instructions are presented live in 3D on the machine your are operating or repairing.
3D computer-aided designImagine building a 3D model of pretty much anything you can imagine in the physical space around you. It’s similar to what’s seen in the movie Iron Man as Tony Stark interacts with holographic objects to build his devices. It’s also one of the ideas that has captured the imagination of many when it comes to a device like HoloLens.
DecoratingAR devices can be used inside your home or office. One way it can be helpful is by visualising how new decorations would look in your house. No more trying to picture how that new paint colour for your wall will go with your new couch; you’d actually be able to see it projected holographically and make the best decision for your living space. And instead of awkwardly holding a picture up while trying to gauge how it looks in a certain location, your AR device can show you exactly how it will look placed in any location!
Among the technologies we use at Qubiz to develop VR/AR/MR applications you can find: