Fighting for Future Dominance: AR vs. VR

As the world continues to advance technologically, our concept of reality has evolved in lockstep. Hardware and software have combined to create immersive experiences beyond our normal perception.

Accordingly, augmented and virtual realities have made enormous strides following their creation. Virtual reality (VR) won the race before it began in 1968 when Ivan Sutherland released the first head-mounted device with which we’ve become so familiar. Dubbed the Ultimate Display, this rudimentary device plugged into a computer and allowed users to bask in a virtual world.

Virtual reality has expanded into different areas since its inception. MIT researchers created an interactive map of Aspen, Colorado in the 1970s. NASA explored virtual means of human-computer interactions merely a decade later. The first virtual-reality 'gear' gained popularity in the consumer market during the 1990s.

Marketed heavily and hyped accordingly, public interest ultimately dwindled as the technology failed to deliver on its promises. Today, that excitement is building once more as VR advances, particularly in the entertainment space.

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