Augmented reality isn’t just making gaming more immersive than ever. This rapidly-developing technology is poised to change your life in a wide range of ways. Everyone from consumers to business owners will benefit, and here’s how:
Changing How We Interact With Mobile Devices
To promote the development of AR products, Apple released the ARKit. This bundle of development tools overlays a virtual layer to the real world, displayed via a mobile device’s camera.
That means that more and more apps will rely on the camera as the main interface. Eventually, it could serve as the interface for the vast majority of digital products.
For instance, right now, most GPS apps feature an overhead view displayed on the device’s screen. In the near future, custom mobile app development will open the door for integrated AR. Soon, it’s more than likely that you’ll simply be able to point your phone’s camera in the direction you’re going and follow a virtual, superimposed path. This example demonstrates the potential.
Gamifying Daily Tasks
As the name implies, gamifying a task makes it more fun to perform by turning it into a game. This is very easy to do with AR technology.
Perhaps a department store owner wants to boost worker productivity. Maybe they’d like workers to stock shelves more quickly. Through AR, they could superimpose icons overs shelves that need to be stocked, rewarding employees with “points” when they place the necessary items in the coordinating spaces. By making this kind of task fun, employers can get more from their workers, and employees can enjoy their jobs more thoroughly.
Buying certain types of items online can be hard: Some products simply need to be seen up close before we’re ready to commit to buying.
That may not be the case for much longer. Sephora has already used AR tech to offer their ecommerce customers an app that lets them “try on” makeup over a selfie. IKEA, too, has released a similar platform through which users can superimpose images of furniture and fixtures over their immediate surroundings. This makes it much easier to see what a product might actually look it in your home.
These are just two examples. As more and more companies begin to recognize the potential of this technology, it’s highly likely that more will embrace it.
Making Industrial Design Easier
Industrial design teams need to visualize their final product before they manufacture prototypes. For example, it’s very costly to identify a design flaw in a new vehicle after you’ve already built one. That’s why these professionals often rely on 3D visualizations to see what the finished product will look like before they build it.
Augmented reality will improve the process by allowing designers to actually interact with a rendering of the prototype. Thus, they’ll be more likely to spot flaws early on.
Boosting Worker Safety
If you work in a dangerous environment, constantly being aware of your surroundings is essential. Sadly, there’s always the chance of human error.
Thanks to AR, that will no longer be a major concern. Innovations like DAQRI’s smart helmet use AR tech to spot environmental anomalies that workers could potentially overlook, boosting their safety as a result.
Helping Community Leaders Plan
Town and city leaders must constantly plan for the future. A developer is proposing a new facility? They need to be able to predict what it will look like before being granted the necessary approvals. With AR, architects can provide an extremely realistic depiction of the development in its final form.
Fire departments and other local services will also use AR in this capacity. They can create simulations to, for instance, see how a fire in one location may affect traffic conditions, the surrounding area, etc.
Changing Healthcare for the Better
Nurses already use AR to find veins efficiently. Surgeons have begun using it to practice difficult procedures.
Clearly, the role of AR in healthcare is going to become even more significant in the coming years. Soon, patients may be able to learn how to administer their own treatment with AR programs. The technology could help military personnel tend to wounded soldiers on the battlefield when medics are not available.
These are just some of the major changes coming our way. No matter who you are, you (and everyone else) are about to benefit from the AR revolution.