Not too many people knew about virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) till last year, and some even confused the two terms. However, toward the end of the year, these terms gained popularity as leading tech companies launched products that used the technologies.
Facebook-owned Oculus, HTC and Google came up with their own VR headsets last year, while AR got a boost with the launch of location-based augmented reality game, Pokémon Go, in July 2016. While tech companies have been investing in both the technologies, AR has a definite advantage over VR in terms of adaptability. Unlike VR, AR can utilize a smartphone’s camera and work without an external head-mounted display.
Both AR and VR are used to enhance viewing experience. However, the difference between the two is AR overlays 3D graphics directly on the real surroundings in front of the user — all it needs is a smartphone camera and a display, which showcases the settings; while VR showcases a virtual environment.