Here’s everything you need to know about AR and VR technology

AR and VR technology has become an integrated and integral part of everyone’s lives. To say in simpler words, our day starts and ends with some kind of technological device.

While working or just using the phone for entertainment, have you wondered what technology you have been using all along?

Today, let’s understand what AR and VR are.

Did you know we use AR technology in our daily lives? 

Are AR and VR the same?

Before we dive deep into what AR and VR are, let’s first understand that AR and VR are not the same. These two are completely different technologies.

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies enhance or replace real-life environments. Businesses and developers are implementing augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) or both in marketing, education, training, remote support, physical activity, patient diagnostics, gaming, and entertainment, among many other industries.

Though both technologies are designed to give a user a simulated environmental experience, each one is unique and different.

With virtual reality, the user can explore a world created by a computer by wearing a headset. Augmented reality, on the other hand, is a little unique. Instead of taking you to a virtual environment, it uses a smartphone or transparent glasses to overlay digital visuals on the surroundings of the actual world.

Although both these technologies provide enriched virtual experiences, they are different with significant variations.

What is Augmented Reality (AR)?

Augmented reality is adding digital elements (like using a camera on a smartphone) to a live scene or view. It uses the camera of a smartphone to add digital components to a live view to enhance your surroundings.

Augmented reality (AR),  aims to enhance the user’s perspective of the actual world by adding pictures, music, video, and other virtual aspects, to give a live view of the real world with digital information.

One way that AR varies from VR is the way it displays various content in the actual environment.

Within AR, computer vision, depth tracking, and mapping are crucial. For instance, real-time data collection and processing are possible with cameras. The user can now see digital information whenever they want. As AR offers a live view of the real world with digital information, it improves the user’s perception of the actual environment by including images, audio, video, and other virtual elements.

To effectively utilize AR’s potential, specialized equipment is needed. For instance, Smart Glasses are frequently utilized and the data is delivered through smart glasses software.

In daily life, you can commonly find AR technology in:

  • Snapchat filters
  • Interior decoration applications like IKEA mobile
  • Virtual dressing room

What is Virtual Reality (VR)?

Virtual reality is a fully immersive experience that uses a device that replaces a real-life environment with an artificially stimulated one.

To fully replace the actual environment with the virtual one, the user nearly always wears an eye-covering headset and headphones. Virtual reality (VR) disconnects users from the outside world.

Where and how is augmented reality used?

In reality, augmented reality opens up a variety of options. It is exciting to both individual users and companies. Certain apps allow you to attach text, photos, or videos.

Nowadays, the printing and advertising industries use AR to access digital material over traditional periodicals. Additionally with AR technology, users may utilize recent translation applications to translate texts into various languages. The use of augmented reality in logistics and construction is a promising technique to improve worker productivity and corporate operations. Also with augmented reality, communicating with clients, coworkers, or technicians becomes easier, faster, and simpler.

Advantages of AR:

  • promotes learning and allows more personalized learning.
  • There are several uses for AR, and they are constantly getting better.
  • Accuracy and efficiency can be increased because of technology.
  • Long distances are not a barrier to knowledge or experience sharing.

Disadvantages of AR:

  • Implementing AR has rather high costs.
  • There are several gadgets with poor performance.
  • Lack of user privacy is a significant drawback.
  • The use of augmented reality might result in a security breach if security is not prioritized.

Where and how is virtual reality used?

In the world of video games, virtual reality is extremely well-liked. However, VR also has a wide range of additional potential uses in training, education, entertainment, gaming and so much more.

This technology is often employed by the military in flight simulators and war reenactments.

Digital training tools aid players in sports by analyzing their technique and helping them perform better.

VR can be implemented in medicine to treat anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. The technology also enables medical students to practice surgical procedures.

Advantages of VR:

  • An interactive setting helps promote immersive learning.
  • Users can delve deeply into the virtual world.
  • Advantageous for the education industry, students can learn and understand better.

Disadvantages OF VR:

  • In a virtual environment, real-world interaction is impossible.
  • Impacts physically, such as strain in the eyes, nausea, or dizziness due to continuous use.
  • Although studying or practicing in a virtual reality setting is immensely advantageous, it cannot entirely substitute for actual training.

Which is better, AR or VR?

There is no general answer to the question of which technology is superior, AR or VR. Both technologies have positives and negatives. The benefits and drawbacks of augmented reality include the following:

Direct comparison between AR and VR:

Augmented Reality (AR)Virtual Reality (VR)
enhances a real-world environmentprovides an immersive virtual experience.
Works with a smartphoneNeeds a headset device
25% virtual.75% virtual.
Real-time interactionTakes users through an artificially made with the environment
Enhances real worldReplaces real world
Requires higher bandwidthRequires lesser bandwidth
Partially immersive experienceFully immersive experience  


Though augmented reality and virtual reality are two different technologies, they are used independently or in combination. These technologies are combined to take the user to the fictional world by adding a new dimension of interaction between the actual and virtual worlds, they mostly mix together to provide a better engaging experience.

At IPC group, we provide both AR and VR technologies, that can be customized as per your requirement and convenience.

One of our prime principles at IPC is to incorporate a sustainable approach to AR and VR programs and to ensure a safe environment. As we customize the programs through creativity and innovation we ensure the best user experience, by enhancing efficiency and effectiveness. To know more about our services contact us at (add email address).

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