Ever since the hype of Pokémon GO stroke all over the world, augmented reality (AR) has slowly gained its place in everyone's hearts.

Although still considered rocket science for some people, the use of this cutting-edge innovation is certainly going higher than ever each day.

In fact, the AR market is projected to reach USD 88.4 billion by 2026; growing around 6 times in value compared to the 2020 market. Here's a little prediction of the future market of AR in 2025:

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Considering its rising popularity, 2022 will pretty much be a great year for AR and VR as well. Ever since Metaverse was first introduced in late 2021, AR and VR will continue to bring some exciting twists to our industry.

So, what are the AR/VR trends that you can expect in 2022? Read on!

1.  AR/VR: Connectors for remote workers

A woman typing on her laptop while on remote working.
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The pandemic surged in early 2020, and ever since then, a remote working trend has been seen as a possible alternative for companies.

However, it's also possible that many of those workers feel a sense of isolation due to a lack of human interactions. Thankfully, VR is here to make it more manageable!

Some VR platforms like Hubs by Mozilla or Virbella allow workers to interact with each other—no matter where they are.

2. AR-based shopping is more universal

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We know that online shopping is already everywhere. But what if you infuse AR experiences with it?

Read also: 5 Ways Augmented Reality Can Step Up Your Shopping Experiences

Well, according to Grand View Research, AR-based shopping will experience a CAGR of 47.1% from 2020 to 2027.

Even better, Shopify releases a statement that AR-powered product content will have 94% higher conversion rates compared to static, 2D images. If you're running your business online, you might want to consider this option. 😉

3. AR/VR headsets will be more affordable

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If you think that AR/VR headsets are quite pricey, it's time to change that mindset.

In 2022, several companies from South East Asia are expected to turn the game, bringing new high-end AR and VR headsets at more affordable prices—just like how smartphones also evolved.

Although huge companies like Google, Meta, and Apple have already a special place in their loyal users, it's also important for them to keep on guard. 👀

4. Web-based AR offers better accessibility

Sometimes, accessibility can be a barrier to creating or viewing any AR experience. Downloading AR apps also sounds like a hassle for some people as it requires time and effort to do so.

However, web-based AR steadily gains its place in today's trend. This technology allows everyone to create in the browser without any supporting AR apps.

Read also: Assemblr Launches Assemblr Studio Web, A Web-Based AR Creator

Take Assemblr Studio Web, one of our fresh releases in 2021. With our web-based AR platform, you can create, view, and share your AR experiences—all in your browser.

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Ever since its release, we have also enabled thousands of users to create more effective, and the number will keep adding.

5. The Metaverse will be more 'meta'

Ever since Facebook—oops, Meta—launched the Metaverse, it has become a hot trend for everyone from any background. With Metaverse, people can interact in 3D avatars and socialize—literally anywhere, in a virtual environment.

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As the Metaverse offers teleconferencing and hybrid meetings for its highlights, this will boost up the needs of virtual meetings.

Unlike your usual teleconference platforms, you can use Metaverse to "live" and interact with your fellow workers or business partners! Sounds great, doesn't it? Hands up if you want us to create our own metaverse ('cause we can and we'd love to 😉)!

With all the AR trends in your hands, we hope you can leverage the presence of your businesses much more effectively. If you've got any ideas to incorporate AR for your businesses, just hit us up at info@assemblrworld.com. We'd love to pitch our AR solutions and spark awesome collaborations together! 😁

In Assemblr, we believe that all people—including you—can create and present your own AR experiences. With an easy-to-use application, Assemblr empowers people to implement AR in any occasion. Interested to unveil more possibilities of AR? Download Assemblr now, available in App Store and Play Store!