What is Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is the blending of virtual reality and real life, as developers can create images within applications that blend in with contents in the real world. With AR, users are able to interact with virtual contents in the real world, and are able to distinguish between the two.

An example is Microsoft’s Hololens

What is Virtual Reality

Virtual reality is all about the creation of a virtual world that users can interact with. This virtual world should be designed in such a way that users would find it difficult to tell the difference from what is real and what is not. Furthermore, Virtual Reality (VR) is usually achieved by the wearing of a VR helmet or goggles similar to the Oculus Rift.

Difference and similarities

Both virtual reality and augmented reality are similar in the goal of immersing the user, though both systems to this in different ways. With AR, users continue to be in touch with the real world while interacting with virtual objects around them. With VR, the user is isolated from the real world while immersed in a world that is completely fabricated. As it stands, VR might work better for video games and social networking in a virtual environment, such as Second Life, or even PlayStation Home.

Source:
TechTimes.com – Augmented Reality vs. Virtual Reality: What are the differences and similarities?
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/5078/20140406/augmented-reality-vs-virtual-reality-what-are-the-differences-and-similarities.htm

WOW!! Sweden’s Ashkan Fardost talks about internet of things, what we can expect in the future and how far the development has come.

Ashkan is an active speaker, writer, workshop leader and consultant, who is also a scientist in the research labs of Uppsala University, within the fields of organic and medicinal chemistry.

The core theme of his talk at TEDx Östersund is how the internet of things can improve societies and economies of all shapes and sizes, on a magnitude beyond our current imagination– super impressive presentation!

Do you agree with his projections? Watch & Find out!

The New Internet is NOT About Connecting People, It’s About Connecting THINGS

And…these THINGS start SHARING EXPERIENCES with other THINGS

Fascinating TEDx presentation by Benson Houghland!

Benson Hougland has a passion for technology of all kinds that drives a deep desire to make his work and the world around him better. His interests include making wine, making music, and making memories with family and friends in activities like boating, camping, and traveling.

Benson is a 17-year Temecula resident, husband, and father of two elementary school boys and an adult daughter. As vice president at Opto 22, a local software developer and hardware manufacturer of products used in the industrial automation and information technology markets, he’s responsible for product evolution, marketing, training, and communications.

Spoiler Alert:  Virtual Reality Could Be The Next Big Thing After Mobile

“When you put on the goggles, it’s different from anything I have ever experienced in my life!” Zuckerberg described his first time using the VR headset as revelatory

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly instigated the deal. “Strategically we want to start building the next major computing platform that will come after mobile.”

Zuckerberg sees the acquisition as part of Facebook’s mission to build the so-called knowledge economy. “There are not many things that are candidates to be the next major computing platform,” he said. “[This acquisition is a] long-term bet on the future of computing.”

Facebook moved quickly to acquire the Pacific Northwest Company: Oculus VR—creator of the forthcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality headset—for approximately $2 billion.

Facebook views the technology as more than a peripheral for video games. “Immersive virtual and augmented reality will become a part of people’s everyday life,” Zuckerberg said. “History suggests there will be more platforms to come, and whoever builds and defines these,” he said, will shape the future and reap the benefits.

Read the entire story in Technology Review: What Zuckerberg Sees In Oculus Rift

See My Videos of Us Playing With Oculus Rift in 2013:

Oculus Rift (VR) Roller Coaster

(From 2013 beta test) A quick video that gives a pretty good view of the Roller Coaster “virtual world” from the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality (VR) system.

Really quite a stomach-churning immersive experience!

Related Post: Watch us having fun discovering the experience of Virtual Reality (way back in 2013) in this un-edited video: Oculus Rift Virtual Reality (VR)

This is an un-edited/raw video of us playing with the Oculus Rift.

We’re laughing and having fun in a very, VERY, early test of the Virtual Reality (VR) system.

Most impressive is the really wide field of view & ability to look 360 degrees in all directions.

We played in three worlds: Outer Space, Virtual Reality Roller Coaster, & Tuscan Village– all very impressive!

  • The roller coaster–aided by a creepy, old-time sound effects, made me motion sick (yep! I’m a wimp!).
  • The Tuscan village had a beautiful view of the ocean and light, airy, flowers flying through the air.
  • I like the outer space simulation the best. The vastness and distances you could see were really amazing.

 

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