Augmented Reality, without a doubt, is the technology of the future. While the first picture that comes to mind when talking about AR is that of games and entertainment, today, various segments of the world are using AR for several purposes.
AR in Education Sector
Augmented reality in educational institutions is growing at a rate of 17.9% annually. This steady domination will lead to AR becoming a major part of classroom education. One of the best things about AR is that most AR applications run on smartphones or tablets needing no special equipment. This makes augmented reality technology especially adaptable for use in the education industry.
Using concepts of Augmented Reality, with its fun elements, graphics, infographics, will not only help students focus more, it will also lead to higher participation. AR-enabled learning can be used by providing 3D examples of concepts which will allow students to learn better.
AR in Construction and Architecture
Augmented Reality applications can provide a more accurate view of what will be built, including all layers of materials and installations that are often complex to understand through drawings. For this, 3D plans and even virtual model holograms are used to improve the understanding of the project and facilitate the execution of projects. And even during construction, the ability to see through walls and understand the path of the technical installations facilitates the process, reduces the possibility of errors, and even guides the construction of complex geometries.
Augmented reality has a wealth of design and construction uses beyond visualization too. It can be used for design analysis to pick out clashes by virtually walking through your completed model. It fits the bill for constructability review by letting the architect and contractor collaborate on changes that have to happen between design and construction due to constructability issues. It can even assist with prefabrication of building components.
AR in the Health Industry
Today, surgeons use several techniques to visualize the area on which they are to operate, but augmented reality, which can project three dimensional representations of the patient’s anatomy into the surgeon’s field of view, is likely to improve accuracy and outcomes for patients. Augmented reality opens new doors for surgery by improving education for young doctors and providing surgeons with a more functional platform to zero in on their micro-movements.
AR applications allow medical professionals to recreate images of anatomical structures virtually, an image they can then project onto the surgical site in real-time. Essentially this is a form of data visualization. A high-resolution projection of patient vitals and other relevant information that the surgeon would normally have to divert attention to obtain.
AR in tourism
Another area where this innovative technology is being used is travel. Making the tourist experiences even more special, AR technology is being widely embraced in many countries. Thanks to this technology, tourists now have access to tourist information and guides not only in the written version but also in the form of audio, making it even easier to explore tourist spots. Another special feature is the 360-degree tours that are easily accessible, thus making it possible to virtually explore a place before visiting reality. This technology is not only used by travel agencies but also by restaurants and hotels that offer virtual tours of their facilities, giving guests a virtual experience of what to expect.
AR in Military
The first and foremost example of using AR in the defence sector was in training soldiers. Augmented reality enabled devices like a head-mounted display can overlay blueprints or a view from a satellite or overheard drone directly onto the soldiers' field of vision. Defence manufacturers are already supplying such headsets to armies all over the world - from the U.S.A to India. An AR system Synthetic Training Environment also helps train soldiers in a more immersive way, putting them into more physically and mentally stressing operational environments.
AR in Journalism
AR media will definitely create whole new interactive formats and opportunities to increase revenue per customer in the media industry. In the news and journalism space, the use of VR and AR in media has the potential to bring readers and viewers deeper into a story than text, standard images and even standard video ever could. Promising recent examples of VR media include the UN's 360-degree report from inside a refugee camp in 2015 which is a first-of-its-kind, immersive experience that brings the watcher into the story.
It is crystal clear that Augmented Reality has an immense scope for usage in every single industry. There have been great strides in AR technology in the past and there is a lot more to come.
Smart homes or automated homes, provide residents security, convenience, and comfort by allowing them to control several smart devices through their phones or another device. Any device in a home that uses electricity can be put on the home network and can be controlled on command.
Smart homes make life much easier and much more convenient.
While sitting at home, if you feel like the temperature is uncomfortable, you can simply control the thermostat from anywhere in the house. You won’t need to get up and go to change the temperature. It can all be done with a click of your finger. These devices also learn homeowners' behaviors and automatically modify settings to provide residents with maximum comfort and efficiency. Smart thermostats can also report energy use and remind users to change filters, among other things.
In addition to being able to be controlled remotely and customized, smart lighting systems can detect when occupants are in the room and adjust lighting as needed. Smart light bulbs can also regulate themselves based on daylight availability.
A smart home also saves the residents from a lot of hassles. There are a lot of kitchen appliances available, including smart coffee makers that can brew a fresh cup automatically at a programmed time. Imagine having coffee ready before you even get out of bed. There are smart refrigerators that keep track of expiration dates, make shopping lists or even create recipes based on ingredients currently on hand. With this extent of technology, you will be able to focus on work and leisure instead of worrying about all the work around the house.
When it comes to security, we have all heard of CCTV cameras. Cameras track the house and movements around it for safety. This camera footage can be recorded and even watched live. Beyond that, with smart security cameras, residents can monitor their homes when they are away or on vacation. Smart motion sensors are also able to identify the difference between residents, visitors, pets and burglars, and can notify authorities if suspicious behaviour is detected.
You no longer have to care about your pet’s safety if you’re away, Smart home technologies help you do that too! A connected pet feeder makes it easy to feed your pet on time every day. Automated dispensers let you schedule mealtimes and deliver specific portions. There are also smart litter boxes that ensure your pets hygiene and are a relief for the owners.
One of the most interesting examples of a Smart Home is Bill Gates’ house. Everyone in the home is pinned with an electronic tracking chip. The chip keeps track of all that you do and makes adjustments as it learns your preferences. As you move through the rooms, lights come on ahead of you and fade behind you. Your favorite songs will follow you throughout the house, as will whatever you're watching on television.
The amount of smart technology you want and need at your home is completely up to your discretion. In designing a smart home, you can do as much or as little home automation as you want. For starters, it may be best to think of tasks you already routinely do and then find a way to automate them. The cost of a smart home varies depending on how smart the home is. One builder estimates that his clients spend between $10,000 and $250,000 for sophisticated systems. If you build the smart home gradually, starting with a basic lighting system, it might only be a few hundred dollars. A more sophisticated system will be tens of thousands of dollars, and elements of home theater systems raise the cost of a system about 50 percent.
If the entire idea of smart homes sounds too expensive, or still not enough for you to choose one, we have more benefits of having smart homes. Besides providing extra security and comfort, smart homes also provide some energy efficiency savings. Because systems put some devices at a reduced level of functionality, they can go to sleep and wake up when commands are given. Electric bills go down when lights are automatically turned off in empty rooms, and rooms can be heated or cooled based on who's there at any given moment.
Smart home technology offers benefits for elderly people living alone. A smart home could notify the resident when it's time to take medicine, alert the hospital if the resident falls and track how much the resident is eating. If an elderly person is a little forgetful, the smart home could perform tasks such as shutting off the water before a tub overflows or turning off the oven if the cook had wandered away.
With the way our lives are, it would always help to have a smart home. Start your planning now to lead an easier and safer life!