AR Guide

Augmented Reality Guide

What is Augmented Reality (AR)?

Augmented reality is the technology that expands our physical world, adding layers of digital information onto it. Unlike Virtual Reality (VR), AR does not create the whole artificial environments to replace real with a virtual one. AR appears in direct view of an existing environment and adds sounds, videos, graphics to it.

A view of the physical real-world environment with superimposed computer-generated images, thus changing the perception of reality, is the AR.

The term itself was coined back in 1990, and one of the first commercial uses were in television and military. With the rise of the Internet and smartphones, AR rolled out its second wave and nowadays is mostly related to the interactive concept. 3D models are directly projected onto physical things or fused together in real-time, various augmented reality apps impact our habits, social life, and the entertainment industry.

Brief history of AR


AR in the 1960s


In 1968 Ivan Sutherland and Bob Sproull created a first head-mounted display, they called it The Sword of Damocles.

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AR in the 1970s.

In 1975 Myron Krueger created Video place – an artificial reality laboratory.  This concept later was used for certain projectors, video cameras, and onscreen silhouettes. 

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How does Augmented Reality (AR) work?

For AR a certain range of data (images, animations, videos, 3D models) may be used and people will see the result in both natural and synthetic light. Also, users are aware of being in the real world which is advanced by computer vision, unlike in VR. AR can be displayed on various devices: screens, glasses, handheld devices, mobile phones, head-mounted displays.