AR for everyday life

It is generally believed that augmented reality will have the upper hand on virtual reality — that opinion is shared by analysts, investors, engineers and even futurists. The vast array of opportunities offered by AR may turn one’s head, but the majority of the initiatives will be developed (or made available to the public) in 5–10 years.

AR will be of use in a lot of industries. Doctors will be able to see an X-ray superimposed directly on the patient’s body, actually examine organs from the inside, thus reducing operation time and increasing the reliability of diagnosis. Firemen will get a precise map of stairs, floors and gas pipes. Mechanics will use virtual superimposed models for repair and maintenance.

But augmented reality’s huge potential is not limited to improving business efficiency — it also can make everyday tasks easier and more convenient. Imagine detailed AR manuals for how to assemble new furniture or to explain how to use a home theater. Or, as you walk past a music store, you see a list of recommended albums, compiled on the basis of the music choices in your own playlist. The ultimate goal is to let everyone create their own personalized reality, adjusted for their needs. Here, we will speculate on possible household use cases for AR.

Interior design: visualize changes in a room before actually applying them. Try out various colors for walls, place pictures in different places, see if a new coffee table will fit in the corner.

Housing cost control: monitor IoT devices and energy consumption. Improve efficiency and get a clear image of your monthly expenses.

Cleaning: Visualize the zones that need cleaning and receive reminders, put virtual “stickers” on real objects. A dirty carpet will be highlighted red, and after vacuum cleaning — blue.

Child protection: Scan a room to identify potentially dangerous objects and get recommendations about how to make your house safe for kids.

Augmented reality is set to change the places we live. Once it is integrated into our homes it will have an effect on how we live our lives off the clock as well.