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2021 AR/VR Trends from Virtual CES

Even though the images are 2D, they still convey the diversity of the latest in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was a virtual event this year due to the pandemic. This was a first for the international show. One of the challenges with virtual conferences is that it’s difficult to really get the feel for booth demonstrations. This is especially the case when the demo is itself a virtual system, i.e., augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR).

Still, a standard 2D picture can convey a lot of information. The ongoing rollout of 5G technology and graphic cards will eventually make this problem a thing of the past. For now, enjoy the traditional images and use your imagination to discover how immersive experiences are being used across industries, from health care to manufacturing and work to retail.

John Blyler is a Design News senior editor, covering the electronics and advanced manufacturing spaces. With a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Electrical Engineering, he has years of hardware-software-network systems experience as an editor and engineer within the advanced manufacturing, IoT and semiconductor industries. John has co-authored books related to system engineering and electronics for IEEE, Wiley, and Elsevier.

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