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Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality. By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one. Augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements, such as sports scores on TV during a match. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally manipulable. Artificial information about the environment and its objects can be overlaid on the real world.
I've been trying to take over Washington Square Park for a little over a week now, but it's overrun with Resistance portals, and I'm not powerful enough to shut them down, is something a crazy person, or someone playing Ingress would say.
Right now, augmented reality is still in its infancy. It's the stuff of video games and a slapped-on surface added to applications questing for a purchase in a culture that is putting smartphones in every hand.