Forbes has recently released a list over their take on the 5 most important trends in augmented and virtual reality for 2019.

This is an interesting read as it might indicate areas that will get a lot more attention in 2019.

Here are Forbes 5 trends for 2019:

1. AR and VR enhanced with AI

Computer vision, which is an AI (artificial intelligence) technology that allows the computer to understand what it “sees” through the camera. Is one of the essential components of AR, because it enables the headset to identify and label objects. Forbes believes that we can expect that the machine learning algorithms that make this happen will become increasingly more sophisticated and capable.

Virtual reality could, e.g., include better voice control from AI, which would increase the feeling of immersion by reducing the use of icons and menus inside the virtual world.

All in all, it means that developers will start building increasingly smarter and more cognitive functionalities into their apps.

2. VR and AR used in both training and teaching

There is an obvious use for the technology in this field, as virtual reality allows students to practice anything from construction to communication to surgery without the risks involved in real-world training. Whereas augmented environments can be used as an information sharing service that can put a sailor in contact with a doctor in real time while being 700 miles out at sea.

VR and AR keep proving their worth at reducing both the cost and risk associated with training. Forbes believes that it is very likely that we will see an increasingly rapid pace of adoption in industries that work with expensive equipment or in hazardous conditions over the next year.

Especially mixed reality is a exciting area to explore training opportunities, especially with the announcement of Hololens 2.

3. Consumer Entertainment VR goes mainstream

Well, they have been predicting this for years, but VR adoption in private homes keeps climbing steadily especially since the consumer headsets came out a couple of years ago.

Some significant developments are coming which is why Forbes is insisting that this is the year for mainstream VR.

This year both Vive and Oculus are coming out with a powerful headset that has their own computer technology built-in, which means that neither cables or low-powered displays will restrict the user. And that means that VR developers can create even more realistic simulations of the real world inside the virtual environment, which means more immersive experiences and a new level of realism in VR solutions.

4. VR and AR environments are becoming more collaborative and social

Spatial is one of the pioneers in AR tools for the boardroom and office, where a user can share whiteboards, pin boards and collectively work on design documents that can be overlaid real-world objects.

Forbes expects that Facebook’s VR Spaces platform, which lets its user meet and socialize in VR, will finally move out of beta. Tencent is looking into adding VR to its WeChat mobile messaging system, which is the most used messenger app in the world.

If we combine all this with the increase in sales of VR and AR headsets, it could mean that 2019 will be the year we for the first time get to meet and interact realistically with our friends and family in VR.

5. AR is finding its way into vehicles

Two of the most important trends in 2019 in new cars will be voice assistants, like Alexa and Siri, and In-car AR.

Nvidia’s DriveAR platform uses a display mounted on the dashboard to overlay graphics on camera footage taken from around the car, pointing out everything from historic landmarks to hazards along the way. Audi, Tesla, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo have all signed up to try out this new technology.

WayRay a startup backed by Alibaba is working with projecting the AR features directly onto the windshield of the car. So it can give navigation prompts, lane identification and hazard detection.

In-car AR can potentially improve safety by allowing the driver to focus on the road as they can read feedback that previously would have been on a sat-nav or phone screen. It can also increase comfort and drive convenience. And in a few years, Forbes predicts that it is very likely we all will wonder how we ever lived without it.

We think it is exciting that VR and AR are becoming increasingly more popular! If you want to know more about the 5 trends, you can read more here.

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