Augmented reality (AR) and assisted reality are two related but distinct technologies that have gained increasing popularity in recent years. AR is a technology that overlays digital information onto the real world, while assisted reality provides hands-free access to information and guidance while completing a task.
AR technology works by using computer vision and image processing techniques to track the user's location and movements and to align the digital content with the real-world objects in the camera view. AR applications typically use a mobile device, such as a smartphone, tablet and recently headsets or smart glasses, to superimpose digital content onto the user's view of the physical environment. This technology can enhance the user's perception of the real world by adding contextual information and interactive features to the environment.
Assisted reality, on the other hand, is a technology that assists a user in completing a task or solving a problem. Assisted reality applications typically use wearable devices, such as smart glasses or head-mounted displays, to provide hands-free access to information and guidance while allowing the user to remain focused on the task at hand. For example, if you were a maintenance technician, you could wear AR-assisted smart glasses (think RealWear Navigator) to receive step-by-step instructions on how to fix a machine or see labels and annotations on the parts you're working on without having to look away or consult a separate manual.
The primary difference between AR and assisted reality is that AR enhances the user's perception of the real world by overlaying digital information, while assisted reality provides
information and guidance to the user while they complete a task. Both technologies have numerous applications in fields such as education, entertainment, marketing, and healthcare.
While AR and assisted reality share some similarities, they are distinct technologies with different purposes. Whether you're using AR to explore a new city or assisted reality to repair a machine, both technologies have the potential to enhance the user's experience and improve task performance.
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