Today's technology has become more than ever imagined, from smartwatches to mobile phone-controlled heating systems. As society evolves, we can see more impressive and expensive technology used by all ages. Augmented Reality (AR) is complicated, but we use it daily without thinking about it. How do we use AR in everyday life?

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Today’s technology has become more than ever imagined, from smartwatches to mobile phone-controlled heating systems. As society evolves, we can see more impressive and expensive technology used by all ages. Augmented Reality (AR) is complicated, but we use it daily without thinking about it. How do we use AR in everyday life? 

According to wired.co.uk, the inventor of the ethernet, Robert Metcalfe, stated that the internet would 

“soon go, spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.” 

wired.co.uk

Looking at this statement in the 21st century, we can all sit back and laugh. The internet has shaped how we live today and how we learn. With new technology becoming an everyday product, we have all been in contact with new AR.

Augmented reality involves digitally placing an item or object on a surface corresponding to a real thing. Augmented reality involves digitally placing an item or object on a surface corresponding to visual elements or sound.

The best example of using AR technology is typical in the app Snapchat. Face filters map out the user’s face and place a filter over it for a seamless, accurate-looking filter. According to viewar.com, by 2017, AR applications were predicted to generate $300 billion in revenue, whereas, in 2014, it generated ‘only’ around $5 billion. They also stated that by 2020 AR is bound to have more than one billion users worldwide. 

The world we live in changes and evolves constantly, but using AR has many advantages, including how AR improves our experience by helping us understand natural environments using visual information. That is excellent for understanding the different types of learners, from visual to audio learners. Using AR helps those who understand certain aspects of topics by seeing them in a physical form. Along with assisting visual learners, they also help with new gaming experiences creating a more authentic life and personal experience. Using AR helps us understand how things work and teach us.

AR technology is being utilised by businesses to showcase specific products. That is a great marketing strategy. Seeing the effect when a company works remotely can help pick up sales and be used for product development. AR can improve digital communication by using interactive and hands-on learning.  

Advantages and disadvantages work hand in hand, so ironically, there are always disadvantages to using AR. We’ve all been there, playing a game we all get engrossed in, to finally look up and see we’ve missed our stop or got lost. One more relatable con relates to the mobile game Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go had many drawbacks in using its new AR feature. Abusing this feature adds information to the environment in-game, making players less aware of their surroundings. That is due to the AR feature hiding specific cues in the real world that can stop players from getting into dangerous situations. This game is directed at children and can be very dangerous and, therefore, should be played with supervision.

Another huge disadvantage of AR is privacy and security concerns. Augmented reality requires the collection, generated data and analysis to work. However, there is always the risk of hackers with reports of AR systems capturing photos of users, which has raised multiple legal issues. Laws are now implemented to avoid this happening but are never guaranteed. The dangers of using AR are never nil. When using this futuristic system, you should consider that taking photographs or recording conversations against your will is a criminal injustice.

Overall, AR has evolved from a simple fantasy to something we live with daily. No matter what you believe could, AR results in something more. That alone can be mind-boggling. However, no matter how you use it, AR will continue to progress and evolve like today’s community and grow to something beyond our wildest dreams. 

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