What is Augmented Reality Technology?

Augmented reality app on device.Isn’t technology fascinating? What was once science fiction is now readily available in the form of handheld devices and apps. When technology advances, developers continue to find ways to push the envelope and create new and exciting ways to use your smartphone. A notable advance we’ve seen, in recent history, is with augmented reality technology.

What is Augmented Reality Technology?

Augmented reality is a view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are affected (augmented) by technology-generated sensory input in the form of graphics, sound, or GPS data.

A little history of augmented reality technology.

The idea of augmented reality technology was presented by L. Frank Baum in 1901 as an idea of spectacles that overlay data onto real life. Since then, authors and filmmakers have been incorporating similar ideas into science fiction novels and movies as something only the deep future will see. Throughout the 20th century, this futuristic technology became a reality, and we began seeing the world in a new way. Over the past ten years, this technology has become incredibly consumer-friendly and more affordable than you might think!

How is augmented reality technology being used in smartphones today?

In today’s world, if you have a smartphone, you hold more power in your hand than previous generations. What would once be considered a million-dollar technology is now available for download as an app.


In an app such as Google Goggles, you can hold your smartphone camera up to any building, painting, or landmark, and Google will automatically search and display any information it can find.


Have you ever gone to a foreign country and were completely clueless about signs or menus? With an app like Google Translate, you can hold your smartphone’s camera up to any of these and the app will translate the text in real-time.


With an app like iOnRoad Augmented Driving, users mount their phone to the dash, and the app provides information and collision warnings by detecting drivers on the road. The screen displays in real-time if you are allowing enough space between your car and the driver in front of you, based on your speed. The app also keeps track of driving analytics and can take snapshots or even record your driving patterns.

Home Design

Augmented reality technology has made things like buying new furniture a much easier process. With an app like SnapShop Showroom, you can use your smartphone to see how furniture would look in your home before you purchase it.


Several developers have taken advantage of augmented reality technology by creating games that utilize the real world around you. Whether you’re shooting zombies or walking around the city to collect points, it adds a unique element to handheld gaming.

These are just a few of the many ways to use augmented reality technology. As technology continues to progress, we anticipate that augmented reality will become even more popular and widely used in everyday life. To fully utilize the power of all your device’s technology, you should keep your device in top shape. If you’re experiencing issues, or if your device is not performing at the top of its game, bring it into a local CPR location. Our experts can have your device working as good as new and get you on your way!


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