Augmented Reality (AR)
Almost all major tech companies have recently announced strategic focus on Augmented Reality with plans laid out for this year and the next. Facebook, Apple, Google, Microsoft have focused on AR in their respective annual events. There is a buzz of activity among the many smaller players who have custom AR platforms and are offering niche solutions to various industry segments. In the field of education too, AR has started taking hold. Already a total of 5% of US teachers are using AR in schools. 20% of district administrators feel that training on AR has to be a priority this year. While these numbers seem low at first glance, technology trends indicate that these percentages are set to increase. According to a research by New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AR device market is expected to reach $659M by 2018. You can see the complete infographic here. There are many research sites that project an exponential growth of AR / VR from 2017 to 2021 and beyond. Most of these predict a CAGR of more than 65%. If we keep aside these research projections, the sheer potential of this technology for learning is just immense.