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What Is The Future Of The 3D Industry?

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Although still in its infancy, the 3D industry has grown multiple folds in the past decade. Most importantly, growth is visible. Where is it not used? Marketing, real estate, gaming, movies, and whatever you think of are not spared by the 3D industry.

This billion-dollar industry is growing exponentially these days, made possible mainly because of capable hardware. There was a time when having 1GB RAM in your computer was godlike. Now, even mid-range computers boast 16GB RAM. Undoubtedly, the internet revolution also takes up a big chunk of credit for the exponential growth of the 3D industry.

Although the past performance of the 3D industry is remarkable, one can’t be sure about the future. However, this article will take you through the potential of this ever-growing industry and explain the applications of 3D so that you can have an idea of what the future has in store for the same.


Augmented reality, commonly referred to as AR, is cutting-edge technology in the modern world. It can be defined as the rendering of 3D/digital images in the real world.

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Have you ever heard of the widely popular game Pokemon Go? That’s a perfect example of well-implemented AR technology.

Augmented reality existed before 2015, but the trend of AR started among various brands in late 2017 (Yes, it’s that new). However, the popularity that it has gained in the previous years is truly remarkable. Technology that solves people’s problems is a success, and that’s what Augmented Reality is doing.

Some Of The Applications Of AR

  • Disney: Disney’s application of AR can be considered one of the most effective ways of implementing AR technology. It showed the true potential of AR with an app that renders a 3D model of a coloured drawing on paper. How cool is that?
  • US Army: Just like in Hollywood sci-fi movies, the soldier wears an eyepiece that displays the teammates’ and the enemy’s location. It’s cutting-edge technology that other countries are also adapting to catch up with the USA. Moreover, the eyepiece also displays the target’s distance and has a futuristic design.
  • Healthcare Industry: One of the most exciting and practical applications of AR is in the Healthcare industry. It allows medical students to train with professionals and interact with patients using an AR environment.

It enables surgeons to plan the procedure before starting the primary operation. Some experts suggest AR can potentially disrupt the healthcare industry’s business model.


Virtual Reality (VR) is another mind-boggling technology that was developed not long ago. It creates a virtual 3D environment that the user can not only see but also interact with. It takes the user to a different virtual world of 3D graphics. Virtual reality is an integral part of this ever-growing 3D industry and is the most popular.

VR technology is so accessible that it can be experienced with a smartphone and a VR headset, which is one reason for its insane popularity.

Virtual Reality Has A Wide Range Of Applications

  • Healthcare: VR helps new surgeons practice their surgery before performing it on a natural body. In this case, the VR headset creates a virtual environment in the operation room. VR has proven itself very useful in this industry multiple times. Also, it can be used to cure anxiety and other psychological disorders.
  • Tourism: The experience in VR can be so realistic that you’ll feel as if you are at that place. That’s why it plays a vital role in tourism. Imagine you want a vacation but are confused about choosing the right place. With the help of VR, you can feel the experience of being there without actually being there. Just how cool does this sound, right
  • Real Estate: How convenient it would be to be able to look and feel the property you want to live in before construction even starts. You can do it with the help of VR.

If you’re an architect, you can construct a digital 3D replica of the building and show it to your clients. Overall, it’s a win-win situation for both the client and the architect or dealer.


Apple, the trillion-dollar company, is about to take AR and VR technology to the next level with the Apple Glasses. Codenamed N421, the Apple Glasses are expected to launch in late 2023 to compete with Sony, Facebook Incorporated, and HTC Corporation.

Apple has already proved its LiDAR technology in the recently launched iPhone 12 series. The LiDAR sensor in the upcoming Apple Glasses will set a benchmark. AR has never been this effective, accurate, and stable—all thanks to Apple’s LiDAR technology.

With this next generation of AR glasses and headsets, Apple is set to provide futuristic technology to its consumers. However, Apple is known for its overpriced products, so don’t expect it to come at a reasonable price.

Here’s Why Apple Glasses Are The Real Deal

  • Night Vision: With Apple’s advanced technology, the Apple Glasses can see in the dark. Thanks to Apple’s recently introduced LiDAR technology, the glasses will detect the environment and adjust the display accordingly to improve vision in low-light scenarios.
  • Digitally Teleport To Locations: Like the Street View mode in Google Maps and Look Around mode in Apple Maps, the location will be projected directly into your Apple Glasses.

This will provide a more immersive view of the location as if you’re there. This feature comes in handy when you’re confused about where to go, you can see what’s the location is all about using your Apple Glasses before going there.

  • Sleek Design: Forget all those bulky headsets that come to mind whenever you think of VR or AR. These Apple Glasses look almost no different than your usual Clark Kent Glasses.

Although these glasses are not as lightweight, the mind-boggling futuristic features that it packs should compensate for that. After all, it’s still a prototype, who knows what the final version will look like.


With Apple joining the AR race, Samsung gets in with its Samsung GLasses. Samsung revealed its AR wearables not long ago at CES 2020. The glasses are still in the initial phase, so one can easily call them bulky, but it’s expected to slim down in size in future models.

Samsung Glasses can do most of the things you see in sci-fi movies, like talk to a digital being, medical field uses, etc. Also, it is worth mentioning that Samsung Glasses won’t be as expensive as Apple Glasses are going to be.

That said, there’s a high chance that you’ll miss out on some features in Samsung Glasses that the Apple Glasses will possess.

Some Cool Features of Samsung Glasses

  • Find Points Of Interest: Samsung has implemented technology in the glasses that allows you to look for your points of interest. Also, you can check the price of gas at a particular station by just looking at it. It’s so convenient, isn’t it?
  • Navigation Overlay: An overlay that displays your route, direction, ETA, etc will be provided by Samsung Glasses for smart navigation. Now you don’t have to look in your phone every time you want to check further directions. And, all of this can be accessed with a voice command to make things easier for you.
  • Fitness Trainer: It’s so convenient when you train with a fitness trainer, helps you overcome procrastination, and keeps you motivated to exercise. But, some cannot have a fitness trainer with them at all times or don’t want the hassle of hiring one or going to the gym, the Samsung Glasses solves this problem. It has a feature that provides you with a digital 3D fitness trainer to keep your body in shape.

Unlike Apple and Samsung Glasses, the Microsoft Hololens functions differently. It’s essentially a display unit, mounted on the head, connected to a cushioned headband which is used to tilt the display unit.

It’s a unique, fully functional design introduced by Microsoft back in 2010, it hasn’t lost any popularity since then.

In fact, Microsoft was the first to join the race of AR and VR. The Microsoft Hololens can also run various 3D applications, such as holographic applications. It uses Windows’s APIs. AR applications work just fine and smoothly on this futuristic device. The most popular use of this device is that it maps your surroundings and creates holograms.

Here’s How Microsoft’s Hololens Can Change Your Lifestyle

  • Change The Way You Work: The Hololens produces realistic holograms that can be pinned to real-world objects. This experience will make you feel as if you’re in the future. The best part is that you can interact with the hologram—zoom it, pinch it, all in real-time.
  • Change The Way You Teach: Using Holonotes in Skype, you can draw characters as an overlay on your tablet. This method of teaching can be considered the most effective and efficient. After all, the human mind grasps and processes the knowledge shown to it more effectively.
  • Change The World Around You: See beyond your usual 3-dimensional world with these Hololens by Microsoft. You can create your holograms and explore your imagination power. However, all of this comes at a hefty price tag.

Online shopping, or say, the e-commerce industry, has proved its worth in the past decade. The potential that this industry has is unmatchable. Anyone with a cellphone and an internet connection can purchase anything with just a few taps.

However, some people miss the true experience of shopping in a shopping mall but are too lazy to go into one. The issue of getting the wrong size or unmatched colours of products persists. The customer doesn’t have to face any of these issues thanks to augmented reality and virtual reality technology.

AR has changed the shopping experience forever. It’s like going to a mall for shopping without actually going to the mall. As crazy as it sounds, this is possible because of AR and VR. You can see and interact with clothes or whatever you want to purchase in a virtual mall.

Augmented Reality solves the distance issue between the customer and the seller. If someone wants to buy shoes, he can virtually wear them from the comfort of his home. Also, you don’t need an expensive high-tech device to experience this; just your mobile phone is enough.

However, only a few brands have this technology, and more and more are adopting it. A 2016 survey asked people if they would switch to online shopping if they offered AR technology. A staggering 71% of people said that they would. This shows the true potential of AR in online shopping.

That said, AR in online shopping is still in its early stages. We can expect a full-fledged rollout in the upcoming years. But, regardless, it will be sooner than expected as more and more big brands are investing in developing the AR technology.


The 3D industry is an exponentially growing, promising sector. As technology evolves, it is also expected to expand exponentially in the next few years. The introduction of advanced sensors like LiDAR is setting up the foundation for AR in the future.

Just think of the potential that AR and VR hold. In most industries, AR can drastically change and disrupt things for the better. One perfect example is the shopping industry. We’ve just discussed how useful it can be in the online shopping industry.

The 3D industry has undoubtedly changed the world and is expected to do the same even more.

However, one can’t deny that things take time to change, and 3D technology is still in the infancy stage. But with this consistent progress, we can expect the 3D industry to take over the world. That said, one thing is almost certain- The 3D industry has a bright future. Fingers crossed.

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