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Is Augmented Reality Really Challenging Our View On Reality? Or Is It Helping Us?

Since in my point of view I believe virtual reality, Cardboard Reality, and Augmented Reality are all the same because they are meant to make us have a new vision of life in another world, I do believe there are pros and cons. According to http://www.imediaconnection.com/articles/ported-articles/red-dot-articles/2011/aug/the-pros-and-cons-of-augmented-reality/ I learned that reality seems much better than a virtual fake world. It’s great and all but not for the everyday life. For the pros, Augmented Reality gives the customers a view of products basically hands on where they don’t actually need to go to the store, leaving them in their comfort zone of their home to view the item. Yelp is also big on Augmented Reality. Yelp has an Augmented Reality app which tells the person about the reviews and ratings of the restaurant or food eatery before they even enter the place. I think that’s pretty cool, I definitely need to try it out. Another pro that this site gave was lets’ say for example, you have a cool brochure and it’s real nice with all the fancy shininess and glossy look, wouldn’t it be awesome if it came to life. Well basically in the marketing world, advertisers use the advantage of Augmented Reality for this and I don’t blame them because that’s crazy cool and draws the attention of customers. The website above gave great information on the pros but I found a better one for the cons. http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/07/future-of-augmented-reality-limitations-possibilities-hopes/. From looking at this website there are many cons but I believe the pros outweigh them. Some of the limitations of Augmented Reality are sometimes the technology are not equipped with the understanding of body movements and sometimes internet connectivity can be a problem. Battery life of these Augmented Reality devices are sometimes poor and well battery life is necessary for users to make better use of the device for daily use. Apparently part of this problem with the battery life, could be the hardware used on the Augmented Reality device. These are the minor cons but the major one is privacy. Why? According to the site it’s the image recognition software together with the Augmented Reality which allow users to access information about strangers imported from their online profiles. A stranger can learn so much about you before even meeting you which to me will be scary. Augmented Reality is no joke it can be fun and dangerous at the same time but that’s life in general. I don’t believe it should impact social life, and I don’t think it’s another kind of television. To me it’s just another world where people should use and visit temporary since everything is virtual. Reality wins over a virtual world.

Impact on Society: Augmented Reality

According to http://www.augmented-reality-games.com/imact.php the possibilities of Augmented Reality are literally endless and when combined with technology of mobile devices, which is already quite powerful, AR will allow for geo-tracking that will allow amazing experiences for consumers. Augmented Reality has applications that are already developed for mobile that offers facial recognition software which we know of from the Oculus Rift which is the Samsung Gear VR. A major field that Augmented Reality has impacted is the medical field. Drawing reference from this website it has already been used for practical purposes and technology for the future of medicine. In the year of 2013, using Google Glass a virtual app called VIPAAR a surgery was performed. It’s 2016 and I have never even heard about this, my mind is so confused because I don’t understand how technology has come so far. For this purpose this technology will allow the capability of having surgeries to become simplified and also give the offering of a safe environment and the experience to patients to have the reduction of medical problems from reoccurring or arising after the surgery is performed. Besides Google Glass there are many more applications to be used to asses patients in the health field through Augmented Reality. A few applications are known as: EyeDecide which will teach and educate patients on eye health, there are skin cancer apps that will help doctors’ asses moles with the Augmented Reality vision. This way they can give feedback on the type of cancer or if any. Did you know there are glasses and devices that are used to locate veins, allowing for blood work to be performed at a faster pace? Well there are and also this will help with IV’s to be inserted, which gives the assurance of never missing a vein. I think this topic is teaching me so much about Augmented Reality I didn’t know about because I thought the Samsung Gear VR was actually the best when it comes to Augmented/ Cardboard Reality but my thoughts were a bit shallow. Even though there are so many applications for Augmented Reality without or without the headset device there are a lot more new upcoming devices. According to http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-ar-glasses,review-2804.html here’s a few of them: Microsoft HoloLens, Sony SmartEyeglass, Epson Moverio BT-200, Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses and a lot more. The link explains their different purposes but don’t just think Samsung is the only creator, they do have competition. Augmented Reality will affect every field eventually, right now we are a little limited but we will be limitless pretty soon from my view on how the tech life has improved.

Why Augmented Reality?

Augmented reality is becoming a major part of the digital society nowadays. It’s actually pretty cool because you can see simple things such as looking at a box of LEGOS but when you look at it through the AR view it’s like the box of LEGOS come to life. Basically what Augmented Reality really is, is it brings computer animation objects into real life. I have the Samsung Gear VR and it’s basically the same thing. I have watched videos such as Jurassic World and it feels so real. It’s like you’re actually in another world, but I would call it a game because that’s what it felt like to me. The dinosaurs the trees, the grass, the sky, etc., felt so real and when the dinosaur is up close to your face you get so fearful. Well my mom and I got scared when we first used it but it was an awesome experience. According to http://mashable.com/2012/12/19/augmented-reality-city/#kuNRVOlbzsqd, Augmented Reality can be a great way to travel and explore history. “Using AR in this way would be great at home and in classrooms, where history teachers could take students on a “class trip” to the Great Wall of China and even pose for a picture, making education deeply personal and thus, more memorable.” I totally agree with this because on the Samsung gear VR you can visit museums and look at all the different artwork in the different countries. When I first saw this I was speechless to know how real it felt. To be honest the way the way Augmented Reality was made I don’t actually think we physically need to visit different countries if it’s going to give us that experience. It defeats the purpose of wanting to go to different countries but then again some of us are not fortunate enough to even travel to different places. According to the site above Augmented Reality is really something else from urban exploration, to going shopping, to visiting the museum, ways to new education and decorating your home. I never thought I would ever see technology become so advanced. It’s a beautiful feeling to know how much we have improved in the tech life. Now, I never really watch Netflix without my Samsung Gear VR because I feel like I am in the actual movie theater the way it’s set up. There’s so much upcoming improvement to Augmented Reality and it’s going to be amazing.