Virtual Reality vs Augmented Reality

Do you know about the iconic game Pokémon Go?

Yes? Like, who doesn’t, right! And what about Samsung Gear VR, you must have heard about it as well.

Above are some favorite examples of augmented reality and virtual reality.

The essential difference we can fetch is augmented realities allows you to experience things by connecting the real and digital worlds. Whereas, virtual reality makes you feel completely engaged in the fantasy with no foot in reality.

“You cannot eat popcorn while wearing a virtual reality headset”-Zaid Mahomedy

What is augmented reality and how the virtual reality is impactful enough to stop you from having popcorn! Let’s learn.

Augmented reality stands for enhanced reality. Augmented reality is all about an interactive blend of digital elements with real-world situations.

Virtual reality, on the contrary, creates a simulated environment making the user, a part of the experience. The user interacts with this artificial environment using some devices such as goggles, gloves with sensors.

How augmented reality differs from Virtual reality?

The common bond that connects both augmented and virtual reality is that they provide an interactive experience to the user by connecting them with the virtual world.

Along with the difference in the kind of interaction they offer, they hold some other differences as well.

  • Augmented reality adds elements to existing surroundings whereas, virtual reality replaces the existing vision.
  • Augmented reality allows the user to distinguish between real and virtual world whereas, virtual reality blends both worlds.
  • Augmented reality can be accessed using mobile phones, laptops, or tablets. Whereas, an extra device is usually required to experience virtual reality.
  • Iconic examples of virtual reality include Google glasses, Sony’s play station VR (PSVR), and augmented reality includes, including L’Oreal Makeup App, Disney coloring book, Pokémon go.
  • Both the virtual and augmented realities can be blended to derive Mixed Reality. Mixed reality comprises real-time interaction between the virtual and real worlds. The classic example of mixed reality is Microsoft’s Hololens.


Applications of virtual reality:

  • Virtual reality in healthcare- virtual reality can be applied in the field of healthcare for different aspects of surgery simulation, Robotic surgery, and skills training, etc.
  • Virtual reality in military- varied branches of the military including army, navy, and air force uses virtual reality for training purposes like battlefield simulation, medic training, virtual boot camp, etc.
  • Virtual reality in the entertainment industry- the entertainment industry is amongst the top users of virtual reality. It can be applied as virtual museums, gaming, theatres, etc.

Applications of augmented reality:

  • The field of healthcare and medicine- AR has improved telemedicine by allowing doctors to interact with patients, enhancing their treatment experience. A considerable example is AccuVein, a device that can locate veins making the invasive procedures easy.
  • Classroom education experience for the students can be enhanced
  • The tourism industry and business logistics- AR can be used to increase sales.

The future belongs to Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. As the people are preferring to be less social and more digital these markets also seem to grow exponentially.

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