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!

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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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