Augmented Reality And The Virtual Environment

1407 Words6 Pages
Augmented Reality (AR) is a variant of the Virtual Environment (VE), or Virtual Reality as it is often referred to. VE technologies fully immerse a user within an ersatz environment. While immersed, the user cannot perceive the real world around him. AR allows the user to perceive the real world, with virtual objects superimposed upon or composited within the real world. Thus, AR supplements reality instead of completely substituting it, by combining real and virtual interaction in real time which registers in 3-D. It enhances a user’s perception by portraying information about virtual objects that the user cannot directly observe with their own senses in the real world. It is a specific example of what Fred Brooks calls Intelligence Amplification,…show more content…
Whether it is used for medical visualization, military aircraft navigation, or entertainment it has many mediums of transportation. Some of the most prevalent of augmented technology, aside from those addressed previously, would be any form of headgear or Head Mount Display (HMD) which places images on both the physical world as well as virtual graphical objects over the user’s view of the world. The HMDs can be either optical see-through or they can be video see-through. With an Optical HMD, it works by placing optical combiners in front of the viewer’s eyesight and creates virtual objects displayed in the real world that bounce off of head mount monitors. With Video HMDs, one or two head mounted video cameras provide the user’s view of the real world. This video from the camera is then mixed with graphic or virtual images created by the scene generator to recreate augmented…show more content…
The name of this project is “Project Glass” and it was developed by Google as an attempt to free data from devices like desktop computers or portables like smart phones and tablets by placing the information right in front of the user’s eyes. The goal of the project is to create a computer that is wearable for the user, and consists of an optical head-mounted display (OHMD). Researchers hope that the project will result in the production of a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Although many complicates have slowed the process of effectively creating these augmented glasses, such as weight distribution of the glasses, or ineffective ability to create AR, Google is constantly developing new prototypes and closer and closer to fulfilling their goals. Eventually, the world will share the common similarity of owning augmented reality Google glasses and carrying around AR mobile smartphones throughout their everyday lives. These technologies will become so accustomed that they will eventually take the same appeal of waring regular sunglasses, or pulling essential portable devices from your pocket. Augmented reality will be the start of a new era of technology for the entire world, and who knows what great pleasures and discoveries will unravel with
Open Document