Augmented reality (AR) fanatics get another reason to become more excited with the technology expected to yield far more significance than the printing press, the electric light, and the Internet combined. With the launch of Apple’s AR Kit in 2017 and Google’s AR Core shortly after, the technology has picked up some serious pace in terms of development. These two revolutionary Software development kits (SDK) allowed everyone to create AR content for free, making the technology much more accessible.
AR will enable humans to experience the powers of Superman or become as smart as Albert Einstein. Using the cameras on our smartphones, the technology works with Artificial Intelligence to scan our real world and create a virtual dimension within it. A simple utility for the technology would be letting us see through the walls to know where cables and piping have been placed.
You will start seeing display ads on the outside of buildings like in Blade Runner. Facial recognition will put everyone’s faces in a virtual board meeting. You will get all the nutritional information about your food by just pointing your camera at it. And there are a lot more applications of this technology in our day to day lives.
Information will become even more accessible and all of us would be walking around with a supercomputer in our pockets. Such information attached to the real-world assets will enable us to learn in a more effective manner. It will help us to ‘understand’ the world around us in an unimaginable way.
This has already started happening through Google Lens. Even Apple, Facebook, and Amazon have taken huge leaps in introducing this technology to their customers. But Google has been miles ahead by offering the most remarkable and useful experiences to date. These tools have revolutionized the way we navigate or even the way our kids are learning in classrooms these days.
The World Economic Forum believes that AR, AI, and VR will lead the way in The Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“The First Industrial Revolution used water and steam power to mechanize production. The Second used electric power to create mass production. The Third used electronics and information technology to automate production. Now the Fourth Industrial Revolution is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres,” it stated.
AR has picked up some serious momentum over the last few years. Especially, the release of Pokémon Go in 2016 brought the technology into the mainstream.
Smartphones are going to facilitate the adoption of AR among the masses and all the tech giants are betting on it. The introduction of 5G will play a crucial role in this mission. It is a prerequisite for seamless usage of AR experiences. With all of these factors exerting a united force, 2021 is set to be an exciting year for AR.
With the developments in technology, a larger number of AR-enables devices, and the growing popularity of its applications, AR is going to find its way into our everyday lives sooner than you would expect. It wouldn’t be an unfair opinion to say that AR glasses will probably become more popular than sunglasses in the near future.
Buckle up for an abundance of technological advancements coming your way!
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