First of all, a short excursion to the history of AR:
Since Wikitude launched the first AR browser in 2008, mobile Augmented Reality has conquered the market. Short time later, in the year 2009, Apple followed with the first smartphone capable of AR, the iPhone 3Gs and also companies such as metaio and qualcomm became established software suppliers of virtual technology. No wonder, because the virtual presentation and visibility is now possible with AR without 3D glasses or can be controlled with the help of data glasses and a reality headset.
But the gaming scene also took on new dimensions in 2015. With Microsoft 10 and the user software Microsoft HoloLens, as well as special augmented reality glasses, which function as transparent displays. Unlike the competitors Samsung or Oculus Rift, no patterns or holograms are used for the creation of mixed reality. At HoloLens, light points control the vision and let the application be controlled by gestures, speech and movement. The software was introduced for gaming fans, which turned the Minecraft game into a new visual playground.
In addition to private users, the technology is used with individual software solutions in many areas of everyday and working life.
Examples of VR applications in the working world:
- Architecture: Visualization of buildings, 3D viewers and configurations, floor plans and drawings, interior design, virtual inspections
- Handcraft: Repairs and installations with virtual support and specifications
- Industry: Visualization of product functions, process animation, object recognition, allocation of additional informations in project and work process
- Marketing / Advertising: Presentations and simulations with colour selection or video integration, combination with print/advertising materials with QR code for video virtual catalogues, customer information at the POS
Examples of VR applications in everyday life:
- Culture: City and museum tours, location information,
- School & Learning: e-learning on a PC, tablet or smartphone, digital information systems
- Computer supported navigation in cars or airplanes with many more dimensions than google maps
- Sport: e.g. fade-in of goal distance and offside line in football
- Games: Apps like Pokémon Go