4 Augmented Reality Technology Trends of 2019

4 Augmented Reality Technology Trends of 2019

Augmented reality (AR) made people realize that they can blend the real and virtual worlds while using accessible gadgets, such as their smartphones. What can we look forward to in AR trends this year?

1. More Uses of AR in Education

Educators are investigating ways to teach people with AR. Students in Michigan will get to experience distracted driving through an AR simulation, and there are various other AR apps meant for the classroom that teach people everything from history to spelling. There’s a constant push to figure out how to make learning as engaging as possible, and augmented reality technology could help achieve that goal.

One thing that should increase the prominence of AR in education is that people of all ages can use the technology. Many of the apps that exist adapt to users based on their age or how much they know.

2. An Increase in AR Smartphone Apps

The widespread and sudden popularity of Pokémon Go proved that there’s a market for AR apps geared toward everyday consumers. So, it’s not surprising that AR apps will become even more widely available for smartphone users this year. Some of the augmented reality technology may come on apps that are part of the phone’s standard offerings.

For example, Google Lens is a feature within the Google Photos app that lets you learn more about things captured in images. If you take a picture of a painting in a museum, the app could tell you more about the creator and the artwork’s history.

People who want to try out some of the best AR apps of 2019 have plenty of possibilities. There are AR makeup apps, applications that help you troubleshoot problems with a friend and, of course, games to help you unwind. Throughout 2019, you should expect more AR apps that you can explore on your smartphone.

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3. Augmented Reality in More Industries

Many people think of AR primarily as a gaming technology, but its applications extend far beyond entertainment. This year, people in a growing number of industries will begin to discover how AR could help them meet their goals.

As a start, people are using AR in sectors like manufacturing, logistics, human resources and the military. As more industries realize that AR offers numerous opportunities not even imaginable a decade or so ago, they’ll likely begin implementing AR in more ways.

For example, construction workers use AR to plan projects and take measurements. There are also several examples of using AR in sports, primarily to help fans interact during games or give them perspectives about what it’s like to be an athlete. Marriott even lets people scan a code on a bottle of water and use AR to change the artwork in their rooms.

This year, people will continue to realize that there are more than just a few niche industries using AR. Rather, AR has applications for nearly every industry and already has a presence in many sectors.

4. AR Gadgets and Tech Readily Available to Consumers

AR technology is readily available and can even be incorporated into devices such as smartphones. However, for people who want to invest in AR-specific gadgets, several options exist:

  • The MagiMask works with your smartphone, but it’s an AR headset that claims to offer four times the resolution of similar headsets. You can also watch movies with the headset. The company behind this gadget offers MagiTools, too, which are objects you can use to interact with the digital world. The MagiMask may eventually become to AR what the Oculus Rift is to VR.
  • There’s also an AR projector called Lightform. It allows people to experience AR without the confines of an AR headset. People can also use Lightform to make projected AR signs to support branding initiatives.
  • People in the market for AR glasses should consider the Vuzix Blade, a model that makes AR accessible to everyday people. They look like sunglasses but have a feature that allows wearers to see projections of information in front of their eyes while using them. This approach to AR shows that people don’t have to settle for clunky accessories.

AR Is Part of the Mainstream

Augmented reality technology has a bright and promising future. It’ll be fascinating to see how these trends develop this year. As AR gets more affordable and widespread, it will be exciting to see what people do with it.

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Kayla Matthews is a technology writer and the editor of Productivity Bytes. Her work has been featured on Digital Trends, MakeUseOf, VICE, VentureBeat, The Daily Dot and WIRED, among others. Follow her on Twitter to read her latest posts.

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