Augmented Reality (AR) is basically the live direct/ indirect view of the real- world environment around us. The physical components of this real environment are augmented or supplemented with the help of sensory units which are computer generated for the purpose of fulfilling our goals and motives. Using the science of Augmented Reality, we can augment physical aspects of the environment around us, such as the GPS data, sound, velocity, video and graphics, etc. The technology behind Augmented Reality can be associated with a much common technology of Mediated Reality using which we are capable of modifying the view of the physical objects around us through the help of a computer. In this case, the physical attributes are diminished and not really augmented!!
Augmented Reality Meets Internet of Things
In simple words, we can say the Augmented Reality makes it possible for us to enhance the current perception of the physical media and its elements which we are surrounded by at any particular point of time. So what exactly can we expect to happen if Augmented Reality joins hands with the Internet of Things technology? First and foremost, the AR technology is helpful in the sense that it will help us in enhancing the physical world around us, which is one of the most basic changes we will be noticing when our surrounding objects and devices will be connected under the Internet of Things ideology.
In other words, we can say that the surroundings will become more responsive, digitally manipulable as well as interactive with the Internet of Things technology coming hand in hand with the technology of Augmented Reality. Using AR, we will also be able to overlay the artificial world around us as well as its physical objects on the real world!! Another easy way of understanding the role of Augmented Reality in the implementation of the Internet of Things technology is if we imagine the world around us to be a picture. So what exactly AR is doing is that it is taking this already existing picture and blending some new pieces of information into it. An example of the Augmented Reality technology in the real world is the yellow first down- line in televised football games and other sports which magically appears and then vanishes just like that!!
When it comes to combining the Internet of Things technology with Augmented Reality, all end users will be required to download software application or a browser plug- in in order to be able to see as well as experience the difference which Augmented Reality brings to your entire Internet of Things powered physical environment. It is a known fact that majority of the applications based on Augmented Reality are built in Shockwave/Flash and when these receive the digital information, it starts to execute the given code for the AR to show its responsive utilities.
Starting from GPS to pointing a user’s current location, AR plays a pivotal role in energizing our smart phones and real- time gadgets for optimizing the usefulness of the data collected. A viable example of the Augmented Reality joining hands with the IoT is in the military where recognition, gesture recognition object and machine vision technologies are used on a daily basis.
Scope of Augmented Reality in Internet of Things
With the advent of the Internet of Things technology, we will be expecting all the smart devices around us to function as well as trigger various services in the fraction of a second and when this IoT technology will get combined with Augmented Reality, it will provide end users with real time as well as real world information in its most precise form. It is a little known fact that both IoT as well as AR technologies are already in use around us, however, there is a lot more that can be utilized out of these next- generation technologies.
One of the prime advantages of AR combining with IoT is the bridging of the gap between the real and digital worlds around us. The ease of downloading features and scope of dynamic usage which AR brings to our smart phones and is expected to bring to the IoT industry is just impeccable beyond human imagination!
Lets find out how AR in IoT will change the way you create, operate, service and experience things?
Examples of Augmented Reality meeting IoT
The real- time display of an individual’s location through enhanced maps. More like GPS, Augmented Reality will provide more classified information, such as fashion outlets, bars, restaurants, hospitals, etc.
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It will provide shoppers with a virtual trial/ fitting room where they can try different apparels in the real time.
Soldiers can get real- time detailed 3D maps of their physical environment at their fingertips.
Doctors performing surgery can get access to a live image of a human subject.
Similarly, areas of education, digital marketing and industries can benefit from the coming together of Augmented Reality with the Internet of Things technology.