Google Chrome 81 brings Augmented Reality to the browser

Augmented reality and virtual reality have now arrived in many areas. However, both technologies have not yet achieved a breakthrough in the general public. VR requires special headsets to dive into the virtual world and, with a few exceptions, relies on powerful computers to provide a unique experience. AR has it a little easier, but still most applications are limited to the smartphone or to glasses, like the HoloLens. As far as we’re talking about Mixed Reality.

Application of WebXR (Source: WebXR)


In order to enable the broad user community to access imversive technologies, WebXR is taking a new path. Although there have been first attempts with browser-based media, with Chrome 81 Beta on Android, the technology is becoming an integral part of the user experience. No more complicated settings are required, all you need is the Chrome 81 Beta version, which is available in the Google Playstore.

Then you can dive directly into the immersive world.

Application of WebXR (Source: WebXR)


Even though the applications are still in the beta phase, it is not long before they become an integral part of Chrome and thus of most smartphones. While WebVR will still require a headset, WebAR will be accessible to anyone, anywhere, and will open up new opportunities for businesses with virtually enhanced content. Whether for retailers, restaurants or tourism agencies, AR can soon become part of any business model. All it needs now is the URL in a browser…

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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