You might not be aware of the differences between virtual reality and augmented reality. Virtual reality means creating a computer image of the real world. VR helps people to understand what could be possible by combining both things that are real –  a 3D model of a downtown using geographic data – and not yet real – a 3D model of a proposed building.  The building model can be placed into the existing 3D urban location to see what the proposed building will look like in the real space. Augmented reality is different: it involves placing an image on a picture of the real world. An example of AR could be officials bringing up an image of a building that is on fire and overlaying a schematic so they can direct those first responders to fire escapes and rooms within the building.  AR is now opening up the entire field of GIS to people who might not be keen on geography or mapping. Read More