The basic and fundamental difference is the level of immersion into the virtual world.
AR blends virtual elements with the real surrounding environment. Combining the digital and physical worlds by adding a new layer of information, such as text, pictures or 3D objects. AR applications can be operated by using video display devices, devices with a direct view of the real world, such as a smartphone, tablet or headset for example Hololens .
VR on the other hand the most complex virtual environment. It is necessary to perceive complex artificial information and that means to be as detached from reality as possible. To conclude VR is practically unusable without the use of some type of headset. The image comes from a display and sound from headphones.
Virtual reality is finding its place in the field of fun and gaming and Augmented reality in the field of utility. Currently it is possible to use a variety of software to create Augmented reality application. It is finding its place in different fields of the industrial environment such as in maintenance, warehouses and in project solution through marketing to assembly. Primary users of AR are going to be companies and business offices . AR has a huge potential for gathering and sharing tactical information.
The question is, which technology virtual or augmented, can deliver a better user experience. Given the difference between the devices, this is the wrong question to ask. A better question would be, what type of experience are you are looking for. One which removes the user from the real world, or one that blends virtual elements with the users surrounding environment.
- User experience- Closed and fully immersive
- Environment- Virtual
- Interaction- Virtual interaction
- User experience- Open and blended
- Environment- Augmented reality
- Interaction- Collaboration and share experience