augmented reality


Definition of augmented reality

: an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device (such as a smartphone camera) also : the technology used to create augmented reality

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Try This: With the Little Italy San Diego augmented reality app, available from iTunes and GooglePlay, users can hold their device up to a modern-day location and view a vintage photo of the site. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Little Italy: Storied past and dynamic present make for a must-visit destination," 30 June 2019 Niantic is the same company that developed the popular Pokemon Go augmented reality game several years ago. Thom Craver, CBS News, "Harry Potter augmented reality game arrives a day early," 20 June 2019 The game brings augmented reality to the world of Harry Potter, which began as a fantasy series of novels and morphed into a multimedia empire spanning spinoff books, films, video games and amusement parks. Shannon Liao, CNN, "'Harry Potter: Wizards Unite' mobile game launches June 21st," 19 June 2019 Nike Fit will utilize smartphone cameras and augmented reality to scan users’ feet and measure the full shape of both feet. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Nike adds mannequins for plus-sized and para-sport athletes to its flagship store," 7 June 2019 Now that technology can really augment reality, the upcoming Punk’d reboot promises to pull the boldest pranks on the biggest stars in Hollywood. Aurelie Corinthios,, "MTV Is Rebooting Punk'd and Singled Out," 4 June 2019 On Thursday, Snap hosted its first annual partner summit, announcing new features and collaborations across its platform, including lens updates for its camera, augmented reality, video and gaming. Laura Forman, WSJ, "At Snapchat, the Kids Are All Right," 5 Apr. 2019 Another area that Apple has focused on extensively for the past year is augmented reality, which lets users see digital objects in the real world through the screens of their mobile devices. Hayley Tsukayama,, "Apple WWDC 2018: Siri, health and augmented reality are expected topics," 4 June 2018 The new iPhones are meant to drive Apple's three biggest focus points today: augmented reality, machine learning, and services like Apple Music, Apple TV, and the App Store. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of augmented reality

1992, in the meaning defined above

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