Undoubtedly the year 2020 has been a turning point for every field of life whether it’s technology, education, or business in general. However, technology has seen an exceptional adoption by people for educational, business, or entertainment purposes. The outbreak of Covid-19 has been the sole reason for making people and businesses embrace it as they have shifted to the remote work model. In these uncertain times, immersive technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality have not been restricted to the entertainment and gaming industry only but have gone beyond that. The AR and VR trends have been deployed in other industries too to overcome the challenges for remote working. Based on the report there will be approximately 57.1 million VR users in the United States only in the year 2021. By incorporating AR/VR technology companies can perform their activities, communicate and employees can even actively socialize during the work-from-home model to stay motivated as these technologies can easily create virtual meeting environments.

Today, technology is driving ways to make human work easy and seamless under any circumstances. Hence, AR/VR inclusion in every sector can have a huge impact on smooth operations during remote working. Let’s have a look at augmented reality and virtual reality trends that you must know as we are headed towards the year 2021.

1 – Augmented reality avatars

The technology progression is all set to bring a revolution in the field of artificial intelligence by introducing new AI-driven tools, advanced next-generation gaming engines and AI-powered augmented reality avatars. Basically, avatars are the computer-generated graphical personas of a user. The three-dimensional avatars are most commonly used in gaming and virtual reality environments. According to stats around 4000 augmented reality avatars are being produced in Japan for entertainment purposes on different platforms like YouTube aka virtual YouTubers. 

2 – AR apps for navigation

The augmented reality apps introduced by Apple and Google have exceptionally transformed the user experience journey. ARKit by Apple and ARCore by Google has uplifted the augmented reality user experience. The augmented reality enables you to collaborate the visual cues from the real world by using smart devices with the app and generate your own AR user experience. Moreover, you can also embed augmented reality apps to navigate your user’s shopping history. Therefore, indoor navigation allows you to get information about your customer’s shopping history and which products they want but have not bought yet. So that you can show them relevant products at the right time.

3 – Remote guidance

Apart from giving you a fully immersed experience in the virtual environment these innovative technologies (AR/VR) help you assist your team remotely. For instance, if you are an engineer you can access the on-site environment in real-time through your smart devices. Therefore, you can give remote guidance and can share documents with your team based on real-time situations to cater to any challenges at hand. 

4 – Pairing AI with AR/VR

Undoubtedly artificial intelligence-driven projects and other immersive technologies have proved to be an ally for the business world. However, the potential of artificial intelligence is yet to be explored by pairing it with augmented reality and virtual reality. For this, technologists and researchers are experimenting by collaborating these technologies to produce effects like real-time face swap. By pairing artificial intelligence with AR and VR you can produce highly interactive digital workspaces that can help you coordinate with your team even in a remote environment. This technology mix can also help enhance the image recognition features as well. 

5 – Mobile AR apps

The concept of mobile applications incorporating augmented reality has transformed the user experience for multiple social media apps. The introduction of augmented reality in gaming apps and other applications has been the talk of the town as it gives mobile users a “human augmented feature. For instance, Snapchat AR filters have been quite popular among people. Moreover, mobile AR apps are not restricted just to social media platforms. Many retail businesses are embracing mobile AR applications to improve their customer service. For instance, IKEA has incorporated AR mobile apps to help customers visualize furniture in their homes before making a purchase. 

6 – AR/VR progress with 5G

The era of fifth-generation wireless connectivity is all set to revolutionize the AR and VR world with its high-speed connectivity feature. As the 5G connectivity is transforming every business, it is expected that virtual reality and augmented reality technology will be highly embraced by the business sector in the coming years. The 5G network plays a significant role in creating a better virtual reality environment for the users. This technology speeds up the data transition rate from one device to another or all devices connected in just 20 milliseconds or less. Hence, it helps to improve the processing of virtual image formation in real environments. 

7 – Augmented reality cloud

The augmented reality cloud is a real-time three-dimensional map of the real world. It is a model that is easily read by the machines. However, the augmented reality cloud needs to be updated constantly without interruptions to feature the real world at all times. By integrating AR clouds in your operations you can augment the information, data files that are tied at one physical location to be transferred to other applications and devices. 

8 – Human expressions analyzing

The virtual reality head-sets that cover human eyes and half of the human face make it difficult to analyze the natural expressions of the users. However, companies like Apple are introducing new expressions analyzing and tracking features on the VR head-mounted displays. The updated feature will let you analyze and track the user’s eyes and facial expressions but this advancement in VR technology is still in its nascent stages and requires further R&D to make it fully functional.

Key Takeaway

As we are headed towards the year 2021 it is predicted that the advancement in immersive technologies will be a long-term solution for businesses to seamlessly conduct operations remotely. The advanced trends in AR/VR technology can be integrated into workflows by companies to overcome the digital workplace challenges and improve business agility. Therefore, now is the time to proactively seek the opportunity to incorporate these technologies to stay ahead of the times.

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