Augmented reality taking center stage in tech

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, talks about augmented reality during his keynote address during the F8 Facebook Developers Conference held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, April 17, 2015. The annual two-day event explores future technology using new Facebook innovations and products. (Gary Reyes/ Bay Area News Group)

Virtual reality’s cousin generating lots of buzz as Facebook, Apple, others focus on it. Last year, virtual reality generated lots of buzz. This year, the buzz is around a different kind of “reality” technology that could end up being more popular and useful.

That technology is dubbed “augmented reality” and it involves layering virtual information over views, images or videos of the real world. It could be something as simple as adding a virtual ballcap to a picture you’ve taken or as sophisticated as identifying on a screen in real time the person across the room and the place you are in.

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