Could Augmented Reality blur the line between reality and fantasy?
A live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data is a new technology called Augment Reality. The technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality.
Normally, it is very hard for people to interact with physical objects as most physical objects are in a static status. This is one of the reasons why AR has much potential in business areas. One application is the video game, players feel that they are immersing in another world and manipulate the surroundings under the function of AR.
AR and VR
Another technology that has to be used to compare with Augmented Reality is Visual Reality. However virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one and enables users to engage in completely immersive computer-generated arenas through digital and online input while AR conventionally provide the illusions on the screen and people can not fully interact with the surroundings in the environment.
Blur the line between real and fake?
People may question whether AR will someday blur the line between the real world and the illusive space it creates. From my point of view, AR is still in a stage of providing people entertainment and excitement, the fake illusions its creates can not be everlasting and not that tangible. Most important of all, the illusive objects we see in the augmentation can not become parts of our lives and benefit ourselves. After all, people can only survive in a physical world.