Augmented Reality is the computer-aided extension of the perception of reality. In a more precise sense, this means that images, videos and other virtual elements are projected by a computer into the real field of vision. The AR environment thus expands the user's real visual perception. Usually, the virtual elements are projected into the field of vision with glasses in order to be able to act freely with the hands, but tablets or smartphones can also be used to display AR.
Virtual reality, on the other hand, is the creation of a virtual environment. Here, too, glasses are used, whereby the user no longer perceives the real field of vision but is completely immersed in virtual reality. In a professional context, simulations can thus be carried out interactively. Here it is possible, for example, to test planned workplaces or to check product structures.
VR HTC Vive
The HTC Vive is a virtual reality headset (glasses with audio output) for the realization of VR environments. The glasses represent the virtual environment and the two associated controllers allow the user to interact with virtual objects. Thus, for example, workstations can be virtually mapped and checked or product blanks can be tested in VR.
The Microsoft Hololens is an augmented reality glasses that projects virtual elements into the real field of vision of the user. In the working context, AR glasses are used, for example, to display necessary information such as work instructions or exploded drawings for maintenance and repair.