What Is Augmented Reality?
Augmented reality, or AR, refers to an interactive experience where the real world is enhanced with computer-generated perceptual information. Augmented reality “modifies” a real-world environment with the addition of superimposed sensory information (visuals, sound, and more).
Augmented reality is not the same as virtual reality, which usually utilizes hardware - a headset, for example - to provide an immersive and completely digital experience. Augmented reality instead seeks to bridge the gap between the digital world and the “real” world.
How Embedded Vision is Used in Augmented Reality
What is the role of embedded vision with respect to augmented reality? In short, embedded vision helps to create more accurate and realistic AR applications. Embedded vision enables computers to analyze and “identify” images, which is integral to augmented reality.
How Embedded Vision & Augmented Reality are Used in the Workplace
One of the ways that embedded vision can contribute to the workplace is by making it safer. Embedded vision can help ensure that employees are meeting regulatory standards with respect to a specific workplace or sector.
You might be wondering about how augmented reality is used and implemented in the workplace. Augmented reality can be used to help train employees, improve customer service, and improve productivity.
For example, employees can use wearable devices that offer additional information about the workplace to help them understand their role clearly. AR headsets are already being used to both train and onboard employees.
AR can also transform the retail industry. Customers can find out what products might look like in other environments. For example, customers can view what they would look like in a particular outfit or how furniture might look in their home.
Many retail organizations are already utilizing AR and embedded vision for marketing and sales purposes.
One of the most incredible things about AR and embedded vision is that they can help contribute to better healthcare. Surgeons can utilize AR to perform surgeries with more precision and provide more accurate diagnoses.
It’s also easy to see how augmented reality and embedded vision can improve the educational experience. Students that would typically not be motivated to learn can engage in a more interactive experience and bring new life to traditional education methodologies.
Possibilities for the Future
It’s difficult to tell how augmented reality and embedded vision will be used in the future, but one thing is for sure: they will absolutely be used to train/onboard employees and teach students. It will also likely be used more often in healthcare, travel/tourism, and education. And time will tell whether AR and embedded vision will be adopted in other industries.
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