In order to understand Augmented Reality, first, we have to know what is Virtual Reality or VR.
VR is a computer-generated simulation or replacement of one’s environment. For example, you put on a headset and it blocks out your view and substitutes a digital world that is designed to influence your senses. From the point of view of your brain, you are somewhere else. It is a form of mental teleportation. After crying wolf several times in history since the 1960s, VR is finally showing some results this time. Virtual reality ignores the real world and transports you to somewhere else entirely. It immerses you completely into the other world just like in games.
Augmented reality is a combination of actual reality (your real-world surroundings) and virtual reality. It is the ability to interrelate the digital and virtual information. It is the ability to browse the real world like you browse the web. The programme is interactive, altering perception and enhances natural experiences. With the help of an application, you can take your camera to a catalog and see those things coming to the virtual realization (or look like real). You can also select that object and see how it fits the environment you are buying it for. A simple hovering of fingertips can display all the real information about the pointed object such as its real size, look, feel, and sometimes even smell. The chief implementation on AR has been on cars as of now. It has eased activities such as travel, shopping, real estate visits, and can be applied to medicine and education. Their best use is in manuals and instructions and working with toys. The only hurdle AR faces are its dependence on the hardware. The devices on which this can be used must have relevant sensors for the application to smoothly function. Both AR and VR technologies depend on the hardware and intuitiveness, for their quality of experience. Software plays a large role as well. Up until now, software developed for AR and VR has been for demo purposes only. Soon they will be coming in the market, selling like hot cakes.