By Ryan and Christy
Augmented reality (AR) is an experience where designers enhance parts of users’ physical world with computer-generated input. Designers create inputs—ranging from sound to video, to graphics to GPS overlays and more—in digital content which responds in real time to changes in the user’s environment, typically movement.
AR delivers visual elements, sound and other sensory information to the user through a device like a smartphone or glasses. This information is overlaid onto the device to create an interwoven experience where digital information alters the user’s perception of the real world.
AR is great for the video game industry. These nonsensical out of this world adventures are set in a real life setting, which makes it all the more realistic as you interact with real life objects/people. Compared to VR which requires a headset for an immersive gaming experience, in a completely simulated environment.
Due to the nature of AR being set in an open world environment, the constant overlap of the digital and the real could prove overwhelming and numbing for some. While others might forget what it was like to live life without Augmented vision, they might suffer withdrawal or other negative effects if forced to live without AR.