Augmented Reality: Welcome to a new ethical minefield

Have you ever thought of living in a world whose reality is very close to the virtual world? Nowadays the developers are trying their hands over this fact and achieved a great success to even blur the line between real and virtual world. There are a lot of examples that use the concept of AR. Now, what is the basic principle of augmented reality?

Its system superimposes the picture of the CG over the user’s vision of the actual world. Unlike virtual reality, where all a user experiences are created by a machine, augmented reality retains the emphasis on the physical world, yet just incorporates features that are not present to improve the user’s experience.

This platform has been seen all around the globe from biomedical technologies to banking and even engineering – oogle is reintroducing Google Glass as a virtual reality device for the workplace. Several creative practitioners are now using virtual technology for their business cards.

If you’ve experienced Pokemon Go’s hubbub, you’ve witnessed increased reality in action. This video game allowed players to experience the world around them from their smartphone cameras while projecting game objects, including on-screen icons, ratings, and ever-famous Pokemon characters, as overlays that made them appear like they were right in your real-life neighborhood.

Google SkyMap is another well established AR device. It overlays details about constellations, planets, and more as you point your smartphone or tablet camera to the stars. Wikitude is an app that searches up information about a landmark or object by simply pointing it out with your mobile device. Would you need help visualizing the latest furniture in your living room? The IKEA Place app will have a new couch overlay for that room before you purchase it, so you can make sure it suits.

A few years back, Disney developed a groundbreaking way for children to display their beloved 3D characters using virtual reality. The development team created technologies utilizing AR to translate animated pictures from a coloring book to 3D renderings via a cell phone or laptop. This device is already in its infancy and has not yet been published to the public, however, this may contribute to a completely different opportunity for children to learn and interact using their imagination.

Since years, Tv News has been utilizing visual effects to enhance the image of the broadcast. Of starters, weathermen have been standing in front of green screens of years, posing as charts for audiences to display their weather predictions. The Weather Network is also pushing it a step forward to demonstrate severe weather and its consequences. In the past two years, the media channel has used artificial reality to view a 3D earthquake, demonstrate the height of the flooding during storm waves and hurricanes, and even driven a simulated car around the studio to illustrate how cars lose the power of snowy or frozen highways

Not all of the representations of virtual reality are fun and games. The United States Army is working with virtual reality systems to be deployed in the battle that can allow troops to differentiate between hostile and neutral forces, as well as to enhance night vision. This system is still in production and could be years away from implementation, but military leaders claim that this breakthrough will boost battle effectiveness and help to save lives.

Here, I’ve been trying to grasp the applications and possibilities of AR. This area is still growing rapidly and worth spending on time and energy.

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