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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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 De la Peña, 55, is the founder and CEO of Emblematic, a virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) studio based in Santa Monica, California. Ryan Bradley, WSJ, "How Nonny de la Peña, the “Godmother of VR,” Is Changing the Mediascape," 3 Nov. 2018 Unlike virtual reality glasses such as Oculus Rift, which block out the real world, augmented reality glasses such as the R-7s allow wearers to see the real world while other images can be overlaid in the periphery. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Porsche now using augmented reality glasses to repair cars," 29 May 2018 There’s a great deal of parental anxiety surrounding the smart toys market, a space that encompasses everything from tablets to watches to dissectable augmented reality (AR) teddy bears. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Kids’ toys are the latest battleground in the online privacy wars," 21 Nov. 2018 Made of kevlar and carbon fiber, the helmets are an extension of the aircraft sensors and control system and one of the first to employ augmented reality in military equipment. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Is Fixing a Serious, Six-Year-Old Bug in the F-35 Fighter Helmet," 30 Aug. 2018 Image: Riot Games This week, Riot Games tapped into three things the internet loves: K-pop bands, women kicking ass, and augmented reality. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "League of Legends’ virtual K-pop band is helping the game attract a whole new audience," 11 Nov. 2018 On the Yellow website, Snap lays out three areas of interest that are in line with what a lot of tech companies are putting money towards these days — augmented reality, interactive experiences on mobile, and narrative storytelling. Madeline Buxton,, "Got An Idea? You Could Get $150,000 From Snap," 23 May 2018 This may seem relatively pedestrian compared to, say, the exciting worlds of robotics or augmented reality. James Vincent, The Verge, "Apple’s new AI chief might actually be the right person to fix Siri," 11 July 2018

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1992, in the meaning defined above

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