Making abstract concrete — Augmented reality and how it’s different from virtual reality.
What is augmented reality, and how it is different from virtual reality?
Let’s start with defining the two terms. Augmented comes from ‘augment’ which means to make something greater by adding to it, or simply, to increase. Errr, not exactly that.
Yes, that is better.
Reality is what you see around you with your eyes, or phones with cameras.
The first uses of augmented reality was in the display for a fighter pilot as far back as the 90s. Augmented reality added a layer of useful information to the pilot’s view of reality which enabled him to view vital information while still concentrating on the target/without having to look down at the dashboard.
This kind of technology is now available for smartphones, but instead of flight information, you can see information about the world around you.
How does it work? Let’s say you are walking the streets of Pittsburgh and you come across an amazing building. What is this building? Who was the architect?
You hold your smartphone up and look at the building through the phone’s camera. After figuring out where you are, the application searches the internet and in a couple of seconds, it has identified the building and even leads you to a page with more information about the building.
You saw how Augmented reality added a layer of digital information over the real world.
How is augmented reality different from virtual reality? Let’s look at an example. In the case of Virtual reality, by putting a headset over your eyes, you can be on mars, while standing where you are. So, you will be standing on mars, and will see the surface of the mars when you look around. Virtual reality leaves you blind to reality and represent your presence elsewhere, in this case, mars.
On the other hand, Augmented reality does not change our context. It only takes our current reality and adds something to it. Therefore, with augmented reality, you will see the moon augmented on the wall of your room.
The possibilities with augmented reality are endless. Keep your eye out for augmented reality as layers of digital information for your reality.
Welcome to the future!
With the narrative for the video ready, I have to now sketch the actors that will be a part of the video. What do actors mean? Are they the elements that appear in the video? Buildings? People? Even text? One the actors are on paper, relationships between the actors will have to be established. This will help in planning for the storyboard which is the next task.
Here are the key frames and the corresponding animation.
These are the frames between every cut. Each of these frames constitute a scene. Each scene will require many more frames.
I am thinking of making a paper cut-out stop motion animation. Something like this:
I will mostly keep everything in grayscale and bring in colour only when something is augmented. All reality in grayscale, any digital augmentation in colour.
Another option is to shoot a video with paper cut-outs, by moving them in and out in real time, something like this:
The narrative is finalized (above). Have a recording of the narrative. After having sketched the key frames, I worked on the storyboard, paragraph by paragraph (images to be added). Have started making digital illustrations of the key frames.
I have decided not to do a paper cut out animation and instead face my fear of After effects. Here are the simplified illustrations:
The script has undergone another round of edits (please scroll to the top to read).
And it’s done! After searching for hours for suitable music, I settled for no music.