Virtual reality (VR) was once heralded as the next big thing in tech after smartphones. But VR failed to catch on in a meaningful way. What has been slowly gestating in the background is another technology that combines elements of VR with real-life. Augmented reality (AR) overlays virtual information on top of a real-life view.
The applications are endless. At this point, AR is being used to great effect in video games, online shopping, education, healthcare and industrial applications.