What is Augmented Reality and Does it have a Bright Future in Training?

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What is Augmented Reality and Does it have a Bright Future in Training?

Webopedia defines Augmented Reality (AR) as: “ Augmented Reality is a type of virtual reality that aims to duplicate the world’s environment in a computer. An augmented reality system generates a composite view for the user that is the combination of the real scene viewed by the user and a virtual scene generated by the computer that augments the scene with additional information. The virtual scene generated by the computer is designed to enhance the user’s sensory perception of the virtual world they are seeing or interacting with.”

Have you ever watched the film Avatar? If you have try to remember back to the scene where they are looking at the map of the Na’vi’s tree, that is augmented reality!

Or how about those QR (Quick Response) codes you are seeing everywhere nowadays?  QR codes are becoming more popular for storing information like URLs and ads for companies.  A new trend that is occurring is QR codes that tap into augmented reality. Imagine scanning a QR code with your mobile device and being able to interact with an application using augmented reality.  In the training world, perhaps QR codes could be used to open up tutorials on site that are AR based.  In the video below you can see how QR codes might open up an AR application:

Is augmented reality just a technology fad or will it become a permanent part of everyday life, including training?  The browser Layar for iPhone and Android allows users to view their world augmented with guides popping up on screen for restaurants and even historical facts about places.

In the future using something like interactive holograms, a multimedia team could create training replicating the environment and situation of the learner with little to no repercussions.   Click the link below to check out the video created by Ivan Tihienko showing interactive holographic projections.

http://www.psfk.com/2008/10/augmented-reality-using-holographic-projection.html

What’s your take on AR and its future in training?

– Melissa.

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