Future trends towards the knowledge economy say that augmented reality, or AR technology, will be one of the most important tools of the technological knowledge economy, along with other AI technologies and applications that we have talked about in previous articles.
It is true that VR technologies have gained the greatest part of fame and attention, but what the data says will serve the knowledge economy and change the real life of humans even more is AR augmented reality, enhancing the living experience more than virtualism to enable us to interact with technology better and more usefully.
This technology has its own customized applications and has a prominent role in a wide range of applications, which is key to future technologies. Augmented reality has undoubtedly moved beyond the introductory phase of dropping virtual objects into the real user environment, to use more advanced devices, such as wearables that provide an interface to interact with these 3D and 2D virtual objects that will suit the future technology experience.
This also appeared at CES 2017, with the Vuzix smart glasses, ODG and Microsoft Hololens glasses of the greatest interest, allowing interaction with holograms around us.
Let us talk a little bit about augmented reality technology and its mechanism, where its future applications will have a significant impact on changing our lives and behaviour, to reach the stage of adapting our environment to facilitate our interaction or using augmented reality technology as a measuring tool that develops scientific research, which is at the heart of its role in the prosperity of the knowledge economy.
Augmented reality technology displays virtual images and elements of the virtual world in our real world, allowing you to stay in the real world, while being connected online via augmented reality applications and other services, which means that technology can be used in business applications and factories by connecting to workers in different roles and sections, clarifying some of the techniques of working in an interactive form, rather than in a virtual world, and allowing them to use computers without being directly preoccupied with these tasks.
Studies indicate a 77% desire and turnout of millennials to experience this technology, including 47% of children, according to Dell and Intel Future Workforce studies. Augmented reality technology can be used, or is already happening, as a measurement tool in many projects and several areas that mimic the real environment, and it relies on the actual reality of the user, while enhancing it with some additional information and data, and it also relies on a helmet which is like VR technology, but with a different design.
The use of augmented reality technology has been expanded to various sectors and now contributes to the flourishing of scientific research on which the knowledge economy relies, mainly as its most important resource, especially those that cannot be dealt with in a traditional way, and augmented reality applications have extended to different sectors of life, where, in the medical field, we find that augmented reality can be used as a training and conceptual tool in surgical procedures.
It collects 3D information for the patient and presents it in the real environment through several sensors, otherwise the doctor can access the patient’s information simultaneously with his surgery, and some universities have begun using augmented reality glasses as training tools in surgeries by displaying a range of stereoscopic and information in a 3D way in the real environment, which facilitates the task of the surgeon to perform operations more accurately.
We find that augmented reality technology has provided the possibility to use virtual materials and mix them in applied sciences such as chemistry without the need for the presence of these materials or even laboratories, and here it should be noted about the importance of augmented reality technology in reducing the risk of experiments in laboratories and improving the effectiveness of experimental scientific research, which in turn, will contribute to new scientific discoveries, and work to develop the mechanisms of the cognitive economy and the prosperity of its resources.
With the growing pace every day towards the knowledge economy, major IT and social networking companies have tended to allocate large sums to support and invest in augmented reality research, which has given each company a leading and distinctive role in this area.
Google has invested through Magic Leap to establish a new concept in augmented reality, namely film reality, as well as Apple, which purchased Metaio and developed the 3D Junaio browser that will enrich the routing database, allowing it to be used in the future as a Google-like search engine, but through smart glasses.
Microsoft has designed HoloLens, a deep sensor to capture 3D information, and Google has finally revealed its experimental efforts to integrate augmented reality features into its Chrome web browser on its desktop and mobile devices.
Dell emphasizes AR’s capabilities in developing business processes, with the possibility of using computing in the performance of tasks in any work environment, and always available via the Internet, where a remote technical assistant can participate in tasks across the image, which is transmitted directly in augmented reality, and provides guidance at the time the original image presents itself in the real world of the main task.
Augmented reality technologies will change our ability to interact with both the virtual reality world and the real world we live in, which can be used to develop several huge works remotely, a future step in human interaction with smart computers. And to talk the rest.
Author : Manahel Thabet
Published January 29, 2018
Al Bayan Newspaper