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 For example, having voice solutions, augmented reality or mobile interactions — all leading to a front-end solution that manages the employee-customer interaction and workflow — focuses on driving sales and service. Nadir Hirji, Forbes, "Return On Experience: How To Align Front And Back Office Transformation," 28 Apr. 2021 An augmented reality compass that’s visible at the top of the field of view allows soldiers to constantly get their bearings without removing the goggles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army's Night Vision Goggles Make the Battlefield Look Like a Video Game," 28 Apr. 2021 Inside, the Lyriq features a 33-inch curved LED display, dual-plane augmented reality head-up display, remote self-parking and Super Cruise, Cadillac’s hands-free driving system. Dallas News, "Here are the EVs coming down the pike," 22 Apr. 2021 This latter feature points to another emerging platform for Apple: augmented reality. Lauren Goode, Wired, "AirTags Are the Boring, Functional, Perfect Future of AR," 21 Apr. 2021 The devices feature augmented reality, which overlays digital content onto a person’s view of the real world. Jeff Horwitz, WSJ, "Facebook, Apple and Niantic Bet People Are Ready for Augmented-Reality Glasses," 6 Apr. 2021 The idea announced Thursday would help the social networking giant launch augmented reality glasses, which would rely on new ways to control computers and interact with the virtual world. Washington Post, "Facebook reveals plan to let you control augmented reality with your thoughts," 18 Mar. 2021 In late March, Microsoft was awarded a contract with the Army to build 120,000 HoloLens augmented reality headsets that could be worth as much as $21.88 billion over 10 years, according to CNBC. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Pelosi's husband purchased millions worth of Microsoft stock through options," 13 Apr. 2021 The program uses augmented reality to access clues in different locations downtown. Chloe Bennett, Dallas News, "Augmented reality app lets users explore Garland’s hidden history," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of augmented reality

1992, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2021

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“Augmented reality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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