Technology continues to evolve and change the way the world works. Just in the last decade, things like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have stormed to the forefront of society and become a part of everyday life. From mobile games like Pokémon GO to VR headsets like the Oculus Quest to Snapchat filters to virtual reality art exhibits augmented and virtual reality have expanded what is possible with a smartphone or headset. So, what exactly is augmented reality?
- Doctors and other medical staff use AR technology to see 3D projections that help them with surgeries.
- The IKEA Place app, which uses AR to show you what a certain piece of furniture will look like in your home.
- Sports broadcasts use AR to project field lines and advertisements on the playing field as well as to draw illustrations to explain plays.
- Fighter pilots in the military have an AR projection in their helmets that shows them things like their speed, altitude, and more.
- Museums use AR to create memorable experiences for guests. AR apps can provide detailed explanations for exhibitions or an interactive touch to a display.
- AR makes projections of ancient civilizations and sites possible, like overlaying a projection of Pompeii, Italy on top of the ruins still located there today.
- Certain navigation systems use AR to overlay the mapped route over the live view of the road.
The Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation is happy to offer our very own AR Balloon Fest Ap, which is an augmented reality experience where you can host your very own balloon rally. Sometimes, Balloon rallies can be elusive due to location, weather or pandemics and now you can always overlay a rally to your personal experiences with this app! Using your smartphone, you can take memorable pictures of friends and family surrounded by a beautiful balloon rally, no matter the location, time of day or weather. You can download it for free from the App Store or the Google Play store.