What is Augmented Reality?

Overview

Augmented reality(AR) can be described as the use of technology to overlay information on the real world that we can see. It is akin to virtual reality, but it aims at replicating the real-life environment on a computer. For instance, it superimposes sounds and images over what a user hears or sees. A good example of augmented reality and its defining concept of interactivity is what can be observed in the ‘Ironman’ movies.

Development

To many of us, augmented reality may appear to be very futuristic technology, but this may not be entirely true. Technology that applies some form of augmented reality has been with us for some years now. Looking back to the 90s,a lot of fighter aircraft were equipped with heads-up displays that displayed information pertaining to the plane’s altitude, speed and direction.Later, the displays were improved to show the pilot which objects appearing in the viewing field were to be considered targets.

 

Even further back in 1965,Ivan Sutherland of the University of Utah and a pioneering computer scientist gave a description of a wearable gadget that used a head-mounted display unit that employed half-silvered mirrors which allowed the wearer to view a virtual world that was overlaid on the real world. Three years later, he demonstrated his idea, and it was nicknamed the ‘Sword of Damocles’.

Over the last couple of years, a number of companies and tech labs have attempted to design devices that provide users with augmented reality. In 2009, Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a device called the SixthSense. It hangs from the chest of the user and it uses a tiny projector, a mirror and a smartphone. There are four sensors on the fingers of the user through which they can manipulate the images that are projected by the device.

In 2013,Google Glass was rolled by Google, turn

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ing the focus of augmented reality towards the more wearable interface of glasses. The device features a small screen on the lens through which a small projector displays images. It responds to voice commands and superimposes videos, images and sounds on the screen. However, the device was pulled from the market in December 2015- but plans are underway to design a new version.

Applications

In the recent past, various augmented reality applications have been developed for a number of industries. This has been helped by the increase in the popularity of smart devices and the general advancement in computing technology. This means the technology has immense potential in the consumer world of today. Education and gaming are two major areas that have experienced a lot of commercial growth in augmented reality. PlayStation and Xbox, the major video game consoles have incorporated augmented reality features in their last two generations of consoles.

In education and medicine,augmented reality using 3D models is being applied to enable better understand human anatomy or even help in surgery using infrared scanning imagery. In the military, heads-up displays can view information that is tagged onto real world objects.
Mobile phones like the iPhone have apps that enable users to view computer generated images that are overlaid on real life images. For instance there is an app that can help you locate a restaurant by displaying restaurant logos as you move in a specific direction.

The future

The cost and size of the basic apparatus needed for augmented reality such as computers, cameras and connectivity is reducing. At the same time their accuracy, resolution and speed is increasing rapidly. This means we are headed to an era where wearable computers will become a trendy accessory, helping to mediate our interaction between the digital and analog worlds.

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The Importance of Physical Fitness

 

chapter-2-physical-fitness-wellness-and-lifestyle-7-638Regardless of physical ability, age or sex, everyone can benefit from proper physical exercise. In fact, you can’t ignore the health benefits of exercising regularly; it improves your health and reduces the risk of developing many diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes and cancer. Some of these health benefits are immediate and others are long term. Physical fitness typically improves your quality of life. Exercising at least 30 minutes per day will allow you enjoy the following health benefits.

1. Boosts Energy and Promotes Better Sleep

Regular physical exercises can greatly boost your endurance and muscle strength. Performing the right exercise helps to deliver nutrients and enough oxygen to your body tissues. It also helps your cardiovascular system to function more efficiently. Additionally, when your lung and heart health improve, you get more energy to deal with your daily chores. Physical exercises also promote better sleep. This is even important when struggling to sleep. Being physically fit can help you to fall asleep much quicker. Just avoid exercising too close to your bedtime.

2. Helps Maintain Optimal Body Weight

Proper physical exercises help to maintain weight loss or prevent excess weight gain. One of the primary objectives of engaging in physical exercise is to burn calories. This means the more intense your exercise is, the more calories you will burn. Regular physical exercises are great, but you don’t need a lot of time to get fit; half an hour a day is enough. Alternatively, if you don’t enough time to go to the gym, try to get more active across the day. For instance, instead of an elevator, take the stairs or keep yourself busy with your household chores. Consistency is very important.

3. Provides Better Health and Lowers Risk of Many Diseases

Regular physical activity increases both the strength and size of your heart. It helps to pump more blood with relatively less effort and makes the process more efficient. In turn, this helps to lower blood pressure and pulse that can increase your lifespan. It improves your circulatory system due to increased blood volume delivering more oxygen to your muscles as well. Generally, this helps reduce risk of diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and metabolic syndrome. Significant health benefits of cardiovascular can be achieved with long-term and regular participation in proper cardiovascular exercise.

4. Promotes Relaxation and Stress Relief

If you need a relief after a stressful day or an emotional lift, a brisk 30-min jog/walk or a gym session can help. Physical exercises stimulate various brain chemicals, which may leave you feeling more relaxed and happier. You will realize the importance of physical fitness when you work out regularly. Working out regularly helps to improve your self-esteem and boost your confidence too.

5. Improves Your Physical Appearance

One of the benefits of physical fitness is that it promotes your appearance. Participating in proper physical exercise helps you burn excess fat and build muscle mass. It basically tones your body muscles, helping you look healthy and fit. Healthy active individuals look fresh; less fatigued and have great skin tone.

With all these benefits, the importance of physical fitness can’t be ignored. The benefits are endless and it’s therefore necessary to explore some of them.

Don’t Let Stress Bring You Down

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Stress is a term used when you feel that everything is becoming too much on you. In the medical world, stress can be referred to as a reaction to a destabilization of both physical and mental equilibrium. When under duress or whatever stressing situation you are in; the body undergoes a ‘fight or flight’ mode triggering the release of hormones such cortisol and adrenaline. Well, that is a jargon for those who never did biology but simple enough to make you understand.

Mark you; stress is a normal part of life if managed well but can get out of hand and cause adverse effect to your health.

What causes stress?

There is no single collection of things that can be said to cause stress. Some people are stressed by small things in their life while it takes a tragic thing for others to be stressed. While stress can be caused by a myriad of things, here are a few common causes you should be aware of;

  • Poor health: conditions such as diabetes, heart diseases and arthritis among others are known to cause stress.
  • Tragic losses: the loss of a family member, a close friend or someone you know could trigger harmful stress.
  • Family problem: family especially for the married can be an endless source of stress
  • Emotional issues such anger, lack of self control and low self-esteem cause stress in many people
  • Work related problems. Having a hard time at the work place is not easy to take. Most working people get their stress from their working environment and that transcends into their daily life.
  • Social problems such as keeping bad company and rejection by friends would lead to considerable stress.

Effects of stress

  • Lack of mind clarity and making wrong decisions
  • Chest and back pain
  • Obesity in children. With stress comes the craving for food. This is a direct ticket to obesity.
  • Erectile dysfunction. For the worst, stress can kill sex desire in anyone. Your libido goes down and you never rise for the occasion.
  • Lack of sleep. It is hard to sleep when you are stressed and that would take a toll on anyone.

How to manage stress

To be honest, managing stress is not easy. It needs you to get to the bottom of what causes it and uproot it entirely. Not many people can solve their stressing problems and thus stress becomes a norm that is not easy to shake off. But how well can you manage stress?

  • Positive thinking: even at the middle of problems you should see yourself as a winner. Do not give in to fate.
  • Keep good company: those around you would either help you deal with stress or make it worse. A good company is a plus if you want to beat depression.
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle: eating balanced diet, exercising, avoiding alcohol and finding time for fun would go a long way to help you evade or deal with stress.
  • Staying away from what stresses you. If you do some soul searching you will definitely find the things that stress you up. The solution is simple: stay away from them.

Consider The Following When Looking For A Dentist

dentistThere are many things that should be taken into account as you look for a dentist. You need to start by finding a Dentist that is going to be able to provide you with incredible services at a cut cost. There are many things that need to be taken into consideration as you are looking at different dentists, in order to find the right one for yourself. A few of the things that you should be taking into account when you are evaluating dentists include price.

Start By examining the price. A large majority of people are going to have dental insurance, which means that their insurance is going to be paying for most of their dental procedures. However, this is not going to be the case for everyone. There is always going to be some people that are going to have a number of problems, and they especially need to be paying special attention to the price.

Dental procedures can be very expensive. If you are not going to be able to pay for dental procedures, you need to find a dentist that is going to allow you to pay for things with the cash discount. If you do not have insurance that covers dental, then there is a number of options available to you. Sometimes, you can purchase only dental insurance for a very low cost, or you can agree to cover amounts of two a few hundred dollars, with only the larger examinations and surgeries coming out of the insurance. This can help you to reduce your rate, and still get the dental care you need.

Availability

Also, take the availability of any dentist into account. Remember that if you are having an emergency, you will often need dental work right away. This means that your dentist needs to be willing to be on call at times, or have a very flexible schedule with his other appointments. For instance, some dental surgeons are not going to be able to move appointments, which means that you will not be able to see the dentist for quite some time. You need to make sure that you can always get access to them when you require it, and that they are always going to work to ensure that you are able to get the care that you need, whenever you need it.

Experience

You should also be looking for a dentist that has a lot of experience in the field, as well as a lot of satisfied customers that have been happy with their work. If they are unable to provide you with exactly what you are looking for, then you should always be willing to make changes to your schedule. Take your time, and make sure that you are looking at all available options, and are not jumping to any conclusions throughout the process. Finding the right dentist can save you a lot of headaches down the road, so make sure that you are taking your time to find the right one now.