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 Already, there is much excitement about the possibilities of virtual and augmented reality in building and supporting networks. Rodger Dean Duncan, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 Meta has made a number of acquisitions, most of them small, to bolster its offering in virtual and augmented reality. Alex Barinka, Fortune, 27 July 2022 Meta has bet its future on virtual and augmented reality technologies, and the injunction comes as the company seeks to build out use cases for its VR headset, Oculus. Clare Duffy, CNN, 27 July 2022 From podcasting booths to computerized sewing machines to augmented reality screens, the facility has been updated for the modern age. CBS News, 24 July 2022 The quest is also tied to the Play Disney Parks app and augmented reality features. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 21 July 2022 But concepts like virtual and augmented reality have been around for more than a decade. William Thornton |, al, 8 July 2022 This is an application of mixed reality (MR) – technology that involves taking elements of both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) and combining them to create imagery that is part real, part virtual. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 1 July 2022 The tech industry whispers about an upcoming Apple augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) wearable device that have circulated since at least 2017 are now turning into firm dates. Adario Strange, Quartz, 24 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of augmented reality

1992, in the meaning defined above

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17 Aug 2022

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“Augmented reality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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