Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance

Key AR terms

Area Glossary

Augmented Reality has been the subject of scientific and engineering research for decades but has only recently been brought to the attention of wider audiences. As the concept is broad, it is easily confused with other new and emerging technologies with which it shares attributes.

The AREA has compiled the following list of key AR terms and their definitions to help enterprises understand what distinguishes AR from other technologies and to provide a helpful reference when reading about AR-specific tools and concepts.

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Presentation Device

In AR, Presentation Devices are used to present the augmentations to the user. For visual AR, these devices can range from the digital screens of handheld devices such as smartphones and tablets to the semitransparent visors of headsets such as smart glasses. Spatial AR uses one or more projectors to create planar visual augmentation directly on the environment. Auditory augmentations are mostly delivered though speakers or headphones, but in some cases 3D spatial sound can be achieved with particular devices.

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