Infographic: Are virtual and augmented reality worth the hype?

The market for immersive technologies is projected to reach $120 billion by 2020, yet many remain skeptical. Are we on the brink of a marketing revolution, or is this another passing fad?

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People have been touting virtual and augmented reality for years, but the tandem technologies have yet to take hold. Brand managers and consumers have been hesitant to dive into this emerging yet widely misunderstood trend.

MDG Advertising has produced an infographic that explains the difference between virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), how organizations and brand managers are using each, and a few bold predictions about where the technologies are heading.

The infographic points out that AR is used to enhance physical surroundings by overlaying content amid real-world objects. VR, meanwhile, offers an immersive experience that “transports users into another realm” via surround sound and 360-degree video. Most VR requires a headset, whereas AR can be implemented through an app or specialized eyewear.

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