AR (Augmented Reality) vs VR (Virtual Reality)

AR (Augmented Reality) vs VR (Virtual Reality)

Augmented reality and virtual reality are often confused – but they’re more like technology cousins than twins. Let’s explain both in plain terms and examine some AR and VR use cases

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are often talked about in the same breath ­– and that can make sense for AR and VR do share a lot of commonalities, , these technologies will feel more like two sides of the same coin the same device will allow us to experience augmented reality or virtual reality, depending on how much of the real world is necessary.

AR vs. VR: Key differences

AR lets the user experience the real world, which has been digitally augmented or enhanced in some way. VR, on the other hand, removes the user from that real-world experience, replacing it with a completely simulated one.

Because VR requires complete immersion, VR devices shut out the physical world completely. The lens on the smart glasses that deliver AR capabilities, on the other hand, are transparent. Understanding these differences is critical in determining the best use cases for each.

AR vs. VR use cases

In our research of both technologies, we have found AR to be well-suited for industrial use cases, particularly workforce training and product maintenance, augmented reality products, at PTC. In particular, companies that are facing knowledge gaps and expertise loss as workers retire are capturing that knowledge digitally and sharing it with less-experienced workers via AR tools.