Virtual And Augmented Reality: What’s The Difference?

Virtual reality has been around for decades, but it’s just now becoming a household technology. You can buy any smartphone just about and stick it into a $15 Google cardboard headset and have a basic virtual reality experience these days. This has proven to be especially useful for schools where they don’t always have access to things like science labs – kids can still see virtual demonstrations of science concepts in a way that has more dimension than watching a video. Virtual reality is huge, but augmented reality is going to be bigger.

Augmented reality takes the experience to a new level by incorporating things like haptic feedback and binaural audio to create a very lifelike experience. Investments in augmented reality technology are already surpassing those of virtual reality, and by 2021 augmented reality is projected to be an $83 billion industry. Learn more about the differences between virtual reality and augmented reality from this infographic!

Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

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