Virtual reality and augmented reality: what is the difference?
- Virtual reality is a simulation, which gives viewers the impression of witnessing a real scene, with which they can interact. It stimulates several senses (sight, hearing, and sometimes sensations of movement, touch, etc.).
- Augmented reality is a real image (for example, one captured in real time by a tablet or smartphone camera) on to which an additional, virtual image is superimposed (via a screen).
The agency Digi Capital has estimated that the global market for both technologies will reach $150 billion in 2020, including $120 billion for augmented reality alone, which is expected to see a much faster rise.