If you had asked me a few months ago about augmented reality, I would have told you that I didn’t even had a clue. About a month ago one of my partners in ethics class gave us a presentation about augmented reality and it really caught my attention so I decided to investigate a little bit more.

Augmented reality is adding computer generated content (pictures, words, animations, etc) to a live view of the real world. It is used to enhance the world that surrounds us and this can be achieved by using many different devices.

Two of the most used are head-mounted displays known as HMD’s and the heads-up displays (HUD’s). HMD’s are glasses that allow its user to view the enhanced reality in all of his surroundings and HUD’s are transparent screens with LED display usually placed in front of its user.

Vuzix HMD

Fighter Jet screen (HUD)

During my research I found really interesting uses of augmented reality in several fields like sports, the automobile industry, military, movies, etc.

If you are a fan of sports, you may have noticed some color lines as the first down line in American football or the arrows to show the players movement, but they are not really drawn on the real field, instead they are overlaid on the image at your television screen.

First down line

In the automobile industry BMW is one of the pioneers in the use of augmented reality. They developed a system that assists their mechanics with video and audio instructions helping them from committing frequent errors.