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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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 The new microscope system adds augmented reality to the hospital’s capabilities. Rebecca Lurye,, "UConn Health Is First U.S. Hospital With Augmented Reality Surgical Microscope," 12 July 2018 Li’s research helped Apple produce its animojis — the cartoon creature avatars that use augmented reality sensors in the iPhone X's camera to move in tandem with a user's face. David Pierson,, "Lawsuit accuses Los Angeles start-up Pinscreen of misrepresenting its technology," 21 June 2018 Fortunately, a number of third party apps offer more variety with animated text, additional typefaces, and augmented reality effects., "6 Apps That Will Make Your Instagram Stories Stand Out," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of augmented reality

1992, in the meaning defined above

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