The 30-second briefing: What are virtual reality and augmented reality?

In the last instalment of her series looking at teaching ideas and theories for this academic year, education lecturer Sarah Wright tells you everything you need to know about virtual reality and augmented reality What is virtual reality? Virtual reality (VR) is an entirely computer-generated environment that a person can be immersed in, such as a role-play game or simulation ride. What’s the difference between that and augmented reality? Augmented reality (AR) allows you to use a device to interact with virtual-reality objects in the real world by layering virtual objects on to the environment you see around you. Using Pokemon Go to hunt Pokemon around your town is an example of augmented reality. I assume you’re not suggesting that I ask children to catch Pokemon in my lessons?  No, I’m…


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