Augmented Reality (AR) encompasses all computer-supported technologies that enhance (in real time) the perception of physical reality, by augmenting the sensorial experience to provide additional information of relevance, thereby enriching the understanding of a specific real world situation. Sensorial augmentation is typically visual (adding visual clues or explanations, or object enhancements, to video input from cameras), although it also includes other sensorial enhancements, such as smell or acoustic augmented reality. The broader concept of mixed reality combines Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality as different stages in a continuum that at one extreme has the purely physical, real world, and at the other the purely imaginary, virtual world. Combinations of various degrees between both extremes can generate Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality experiences.
Vicomtech-IK4 is focusing its research on several Augmented Reality technologies, such as: