Today, augmented and virtual reality technologies have many applications ranging from business to entertainment. In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, we have just witnessed a further increase in their use.
Not only will VR/AR continue to have an impact, but the number of AR active devices is expected to increase from the current 598 million units to 1.73 billion units in 2024.
We have listed some trends you can expect to see in 2021. Let us delve into it.
5G’s impact on VR/AR
Even if it takes some time to reach the world- 5G technology has arrived. It brings some factors that will have a major impact on the way we use VR and AR.
5G means ultra-fast data transmission and minimal end-to-end delay (less than 20 milliseconds). With this in mind, companies and developers are already developing new AR/VR devices and solutions.
The new technology will enhance the user experience by increasing the speed of data transfer to the cloud, which means that users will no longer be restricted by the capabilities of specific devices. In short, with the implementation of 5G, we will get a more realistic and smooth AR/VR experience.
The role of artificial intelligence
We cannot underestimate the role of AI in the development of AR/VR technology. Currently, there are many studies on their integration.
Today, technologies such as real-time face-changing technology routinely integrated with our mobile phones can promote the further development of highly interactive workspaces. To this end, AI can analyze not only the user’s facial features, but also other parts of their body (if needed).
For example, automatic suggestions driven by natural language processing technology can be provided to shoppers. Virtual fitting room Use AR technology on mobile phones.
The development of mobile AR/VR
The AR technology in our mobile devices has been around for a long time. The most common examples are the enhanced filters used by Instagram and Snapchat or the very popular “Pokemon Go” game. Today, companies such as Apple and Google are competing for the expansion of open source augmented reality development tools. Apple has ARKit (ARKit 4 is the latest update), and Google owns ARCore.
Since their introduction four years ago, these tools have led to a dramatic increase in AR-enabled devices and their users. By 2020, ARCore devices will reach 633 million, and ARKit devices will exceed 1 billion. On the other hand, ARCore has only 122 million active users, while ARKit has only 950 million active users.
New applications for games and iGaming
Gaming has been and will continue to be the most relevant driving force for AR/VR technology-it has the highest share of industry revenue. But today, this technology is also appearing in games in new ways-in addition to “Pokemon Go” or “Half-Life”, VR/AR online casino games are also considered.
With the vigorous development of virtual and augmented reality technology, it is also becoming One of the biggest trends In many new online casinos. Many new operators are seeking to apply VR/AR technology to their game lobby and attract players who are looking for this modern edge game.
Closer to AR glasses
As we have learned from examples such as Google Glass or Microsoft HoloLens, smart glasses are nothing new. But we still haven’t mass-produced augmented reality glasses, and sometimes this technology is still in its infancy.
Nevertheless, Facebook still has some good news.The company recently announced that they will release their The first smart glasses in 2021. Although there are no augmented reality features and no sale (they will be used by employees), from the CEO of the company, we seem to be very close:
Zuckerberg said: “I can’t provide complete product details, but they are indeed the next step in the development of augmented reality glasses.” “And they look good.”
AR in the car
One of the most useful applications for automakers to use augmented reality technology is the use of head-up displays (HUD). The HUD is a transparent display that can display data without requiring the user to look away from the normal line of sight. The advantages of this type of technology to the driver are obvious. They will enable drivers to process useful information without obstructing their vision.
Nissan has implemented this technology.Their Invisible and visible (I2V) This technology uses AR and AI to make drivers aware of potential hazards such as nearby objects. It uses a 3D augmented reality interface, which combines the real world and the virtual world to make information that the driver can’t see is visible.
The unprecedented growth of AR and VR technology in 2020, the diversification of its applications, and the prediction of future growth all prove that we are about to witness a huge (almost sci-fi) technological revolution. From shopping to driving, or just walking quietly on the street, our view of reality will fundamentally change.