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involve playing audio or using
speech to provide information,
but the main mode that people
usually mean when speaking
about augmented reality is augmenting vision by overlaying that
with specific information.
EH: I would add that augmented
reality is a way to extend and
expand people's vision. It gives
normal people with regular eyesight additional capabilities, sort
of like Superman's X-ray vision.
For example, it can be used to see
the internal elements within an
engine by "looking" through the
ISM: What's the difference
between augmented reality
and virtual reality (VR)?
TD: Virtual reality is where you
don't augment reality-you wear
a VR headset and what you see
through it is almost always not related to the reality that surrounds
you. You're not seeing anything
beyond what's projected to you
in the VR headset. With AR, you
see the reality with additional
information overlaid on your field
EH: Many people are mixing
virtual reality with augmented
reality. There is a borderline
technology called "mixed reality"
that we also deal with. The
X-ray vision example is actually mixed reality; we're adding
virtual things on existing reality.
Imagine you're looking at your
car and wondering what it might
look like if you changed the color
from white to red and changed
the tires from this version to that
version, and added a spoiler to
the back of the car. You put on
your AR glasses, run the software
and see what it could look like.
The car is real- you can actually
touch it-but the wheels and the
TD: If I had to draw the line, I'd
say that mixed reality and AR are
one side, which is broadly speak-
ing AR, and then you have VR,
which is completely virtual.
ISM: How can this type
of technology benefit
TD: Let's focus mainly on the
industrial setting: maintenance,
repair, assembly lines. Technicians-we call them "cognitive
technicians"-can use our ARbased solutions to be more productive, more efficient, work more
safely, and to have the work guided.
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