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Advanced Augmented Reality

AR can combine real-life and computer-generated content enhancement. It has the option of optical projection systems and display systems. Similar to the rise of Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality is also becoming a new technology trend. 

In 2020, research estimated 83.1 million American monthly users of advanced AR. Most of these numbers were from the education sector. Americans saw how this trend can enhance the student’s learning experiences. 

The significant growth of AR led to many developments that brought entertainment and education. If you are wondering if you have used one of these, check out some examples of Advanced Augmented Reality: 

  • Google Street View – Google offers many features, including digital maps. This AR can help you in moving further in a certain direction. Users can also zoom in and see the streets live using their smartphones. 
  • Pokémon Go – The Pokémon Go game was first launched in 2016 and continues to become popular. This game allows you to play both in the digital and real world. You need to catch a Pokemon in the surroundings using your device.
  • Snapchat – This app lets people impose filters on their faces as it digitally overlays on the users. These filters can look real when applied. 

Augmented Reality can help people in many ways. However, similar to other technology trends, it can bring advantages and advantages to the real world. 

Read the table below to learn more about the pros and cons of AR. 

Pros

Enhance people’s experience – People can have a better experience with AR as it overlays information. It can provide more in-depth details about a certain object or place.

Convenient in the education sector – AR greatly helps educators. This trend makes them interact with students while teaching simultaneously in other places.

Improves technology – Augmented Reality makes many people’s lives easier.

Cons

Invasion of privacy – AR can cause security and privacy issues. Cybercriminals can get people’s information and use it to trick people

AR can be addictive –  Since AR is also entertainment, users check their phones constantly. This activity can make them addicted and not interact with the real world. 

Higher health risk – Users of AR can deeply immerse themselves in this technology, which could lead to certain health risks (i.e. hearing loss, obesity, damaged eyes, and behavioural changes).

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