VR vs AR: Augmented Reality Is on the Rise; Will It Replace Virtual Reality?

VR vs AR: Augmented Reality Is on the Rise; Will It Replace Virtual Reality?

There is one thing we can’t deny: Augmented reality is on the rise. So, VR vs AR, who will the race?

Apple is officially working on augmented reality.In June 2017, Apple introduced ARKit, a new framework that allows you to easily create unparalleled augmented reality experiences for iPhone and iPad.

In June 2017, Apple introduced ARKit, a new framework that allows you to easily create unparalleled augmented reality experiences for iPhone and iPad.

What’s so interesting is that Apple introduced this new technology without the compulsory to purchase a new device. It is as easy as installing the latest iOS 11. For free. This is available for 700 million iPhone users and not-to-mention iPad users. And, that’s how you make a new technology relevant to this generation.

So, there goes my question: If it’s so easy for people to have augmented reality, will they forget about virtual reality? Will augmented reality replace virtual reality?

First of all, it is no doubt that it is so easy to get this feature. Just install iOS 11, and there you go. Furthermore, lately, the smartphone’s innovation has been slowing down. Augmented reality could be the game changer for the next-generation smartphones. I mean, take a look at this…

Who would sleep on this technology?

So, back to the question: If it’s so easy for people to have augmented reality, will they forget about virtual reality? Will augmented reality replace virtual reality? VR vs AR; who will win the race?

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Do you remember early 2016 when the spotlight was on virtual reality; how people were so excited about it; and made some unrealistic assumptions? Don’t you think it’s kinda the same for augmented reality today?

Today it’s just about the spotlight. Today it’s on augmented reality.

But it doesn’t mean augmented reality will share same stories with virtual reality. Augmented reality will have its own path, so will virtual reality.

And, one thing for sure: It will not replace virtual reality.

Yes, augmented reality is such a promising feature for next-generation smartphones. But let’s take an example. So, you’re a teacher, and you bring this technology into your classroom. The lesson for today is about renewable energy. So, I assume you’d show some digital properties related to renewable energy using augmented reality, from each student’s smartphones.

It’s a good way of learning, but…

Which leaves more impression on students: (1) Being able to see the objects of anything related to renewable energy; or (2) Being able to visit the renewable energy park?

We all will choose the latter: Being able to visit the renewable energy park.

Because when a student visits renewable energy park, they can finally leave the-boring-classroom, they can really see how renewable energy works in real life, they can do some simulation on how renewable energy works.

And, that’s what virtual reality does: Giving you the experience you might not do in real life, in a whole new world.

And, that’s when I realize augmented reality will never, ever replace virtual reality. (Plus, when your students access smartphones, you never know whether they open the smart camera or Snapchat.)

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This is also why we created BeThere: Renewable Energy Edition; a virtual reality tour at renewable energy park where students can virtually visit, explore, and experience renewable energy. Want to have your own edition of BeThere? Contact us!
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The first edition of BeThere Book.
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Also, we are currently opening up a partnership on 18 VR ideas for educational organization.

At the end of the day, it has never been VR vs AR; never been about which one is more popular; it’s all about which one is more fit for a specific industry.

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