Augmented Reality (also known as AR) possibly should be called enhanced reality, or improved reality. The technology incorporates items into real visual situations that are not truly there. For example, if you are watching a football game on TV and see the yellow first down line on the screen, that line is made using augmented reality. Although the line is not really on the actual field to the viewer it looks like a line on the field. The announcer may say “this is our line, but it may not be completely accurate” right before a close first down attempt. Then right before the measurement is made the line is removed. Although this may be a simplistic use of augmented reality, it is an important one (at least to avid football fans).
How will augmented reality be used for the future? Although predicting the future can be uncertain at the least and very wrong at the worst the thought that AR technology will have an expanding role is a good prediction. As the technology matures the ability to be used in more consumer facing applications is increasing. So whether looking at a live broadcast, or looking at your mobile device you probably will encounter new uses of AR that may blend in so seamlessly you never even notice.