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

Examples of augmented reality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not only are the craft flying as part of the Independence Day demonstration thousands of feet in the air, their messages are now available in an augmented reality app that allows anyone to see what the messages looked like in the sky. Mary Alice Miller, Wired, "How a Team of Artists and Skytypers Is Changing Activism," 10 July 2020 Apps may not use their own mechanisms to unlock content or functionality, such as license keys, augmented reality markers, QR codes, etc. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Why one email app went to war with Apple—and why neither one is right," 17 June 2020 Apps that are either free or for purchase use your location and augmented reality to show you a detailed map of what's overhead. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Best places for stargazing in Arizona: Where to see the Milky Way, meteors and planets," 25 June 2020 The hotels will feature spaces for virtual reality and augmented reality, studios for streaming games and venues for throwing esports events, according to a press release. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Where nostalgic games like Neopets and MapleStory are now," 20 June 2020 One is a system called distance assistant that uses augmented reality to give people feedback on their social distancing, much like a roadside speed display. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints," 18 June 2020 However, Apple has dedicated considerable resources to augmented reality (AR), and many underlying technological principles are shared between VR and AR. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple acquired NextVR, suggesting it still harbors VR ambitions," 14 May 2020 Porsche has been using augmented reality to diagnose particularly tricky technical problems in its dealerships since a pilot of the program, called Tech Live Look, started in 2017. Annie White, Car and Driver, "Porsche Technicians Using 3X More Augmented Reality to Fix Cars Lately," 29 Apr. 2020 Tied to Earth Day, National Geographic’s first augmented reality–enabled cover comes to life with a cautionary look at climate change. National Geographic, "Nat Geo's Instagram interactive shows what the world will feel like in 2070," 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of augmented reality

1992, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jul 2020

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“Augmented reality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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