How AR Is Shaping Our Lives
But, what is AR? Augmented Reality uses technology to include sounds, digital visual elements or inputs any kind of sensory information into one’s physical world. To put it easier, Pixeldust’s Creative Director, Ricardo Andrade, defines AR as a technique through which we virtually add digital elements that appear to be a part of the real world.
You may think, why AR? The fast development of this growing trend has made it become a go-to medium of business-to-consumer (B2C) markets. AR will continue to affect companies in every industry by changing the way they engage with their customers, enhance performance, design products and most importantly, innovate how they compete with one another. This unique experience combines real and virtual interactive elements that take customer experiences to the next level.
One universal request by customers is to try products prior to purchasing them. Consequently, augmented shopping experiences are one of the rising trends in the retail industry. According to a study conducted by Mindshare, AR experiences are 200% more engaging as opposed to non-AR experiences. With the help of AR, brands like Gap, Sephora, and Ikea are offering their users virtual fitting rooms in which people can create customized avatars in AR using selfies and body measurements and try on clothes, accessories, and even makeup in the comfort of their own homes! A study conducted by Retail Perceptions shows how 71% of shoppers would shop at a retailer more often if it offered AR experiences
Unlike traditional classrooms, AR has no boundaries. Sure, you can read about the past in a history book – but AR provides us with an opportunity to relive it. AR technology is what makes this possible. It calls upon multiple senses at once and improves students’ overall performance. According to an article published by Hindawi, 80% of students are more likely to attend an AR-based class, and 70% of them affirm AR has significantly improved their learning experience. Our fast-moving world is demanding new ways of receiving information and having it first-hand is an unparalleled experience that goes far beyond reading a textbook. It’s all about opening up a new engaging dimension for the exploration of younger minds.