How AR and VR Continues to Grow

Augmented reality and virtual reality have been a tech focus of homage for some time to take center
stage of transformational domain. As VR and AR applications become more sophisticated to harness
more capabilities -- including understanding how-to navigate and interact within virtual environments
will also evolve and create “natural” methods exploring virtual space.

AR and VR convergence with AI
The alphabetical confluence will increase smart, cognitive functionality into apps. Expect machine
learning algorithms to become more sophisticated to enable computer vision capabilities. Snapchat and
Instagram filters that are commonly used to overlay bunny ears and whiskers on selfies, are an example
of consumer-facing application of AI tech combined with AR. Sophisticated scientific use might be
Google’s machine learning-enabled microscope that can highlight suspected cancerous tissue for early

VR is about virtual environments. Think of trending art exhibits. Gamers in VR will also face more
challenging opponents as computer-controlled players will more effectively react yo play style. Virtual
environments will also become more sophisticated to provide more voice control stemming from AI
natural language processing.

AR and VR in teaching and training
Virtual environments will allow students to practice anything from construction to flight to surgery
without the risks associated with real-world training. Pioneering Walmart innovative initiatives
announced using Oculus Go headsets for employee training skills. The US Army has also announced a
deal with Microsoft to use its HoloLens technology in military training, so that troops will experience
real-time exposure on their environment -- also including data metrics on physical vital signs.

Mainstream consumer entertainment VR
Although headsets are already in the marketplace, other consumer facing apps remain in development
stages. Trending stand-alone headsets from Oculus and Vive will soon be incorporating powerful,
dedicated computer technology to optimize state-of-the-art devices.
This new generation of headsets will improve the technology powering the virtual experience, with
features as eyeball-tracking and increased field-of-view.

AR and VR as social collaboration
Facebook's acquisition of Oculus indicates social media believes virtual reality can become
conversationally vital. Other pioneers such as Spatial are leading the way with AR tools for the
boardroom and office, for virtual whiteboards and pin boards.

AR and vehicles
Significant vehicular trends will be voice assistants similar to Siri and Alexa and in-car AR. Nvidia’s
DriveAR platform, powered by machine learning, uses a dashboard display with graphics on camera
footage from around the car, pointing out hazards to historic landmarks along the way. Audi, Mercedes-
Benz, Tesla, Toyota, and Volvo are teaming to work with the technology. Alibaba-backed startup
WayRay projects AR data directly onto the car windshield with navigation prompts. In-car AR will offer
safety potential allowing the driver to keep their eyes on the road as they read feedback.

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