VR and AR are evolving at a breakneck pace, with exciting new use cases emerging every day—each with their own unique approach.
Virtual reality uses a headset to place you in a computer-generated world that you can explore.
Augmented reality, on the other hand, is a bit different. Instead of transporting you to a virtual world, it takes digital images and layers them on the real world around you through the use of either a clear visor or smartphone.

The Devices

For virtual realityat the moment, there are two major types of headsets. Both have their pros and cons, which you’ll want to consider if you’re looking to purchase one.

The first type has a screen built into the headset. These devices connect to a computer and require a pretty powerful system to operate smoothly. They have great graphics and perform well, but they’re also pretty expensive, ranging from about $400 to $800. A few popular examples of these include the Oculus Rift, the Vive, and the PlayStation VR, which connects to the PlayStation 4 game console.

However, for augmented reality other than specialised headsets like Vuzix, Bose Frames, which are both lighter and cheaper than the VR headsets, it can be viewed using everyday devices like smartphoneslaptops and even PC’s (with the help of web-cam). There are a variety of apps that use AR, including some that allow you to translate text using your cameraidentify stars in the sky, and even see how your garden would look with different plants. You may have even previously used AR without realizing it while playing a game like Pokemon Go or using filters on Snapchat.