Augmented reality (AR) is a live view of our environment augmented by digital data and/or objects. It combines digital information and media with our real-world environment. Augmented reality always includes some access to the actual environment while virtual reality blocks it out with a simulated environment. Initially used in military heads-up displays, it is now showing up in a range of consumer applications. It is finding use in the work environment for eLearning training and retail applications in shopping. Its potential use in learning is readily apparent.
In 2016, Pokemon Go became the first highly popular game to utilize rudimentary augmented reality.
Augmented Reality developments
Google Cardboard-like DIY kits are coming to market along with inexpensive headsets that rely on our Smartphones. Projects such as Google Tango allow room-mapping of interior spaces. Google, Facebook, and Apple are focusing on AR projects in 2017.
There are related developments in Mixed Reality where devices such as Microsoft HoloLens and Meta Smartglasses integrate virtual objects or holograms into the environment.