CHAPEL HILL — A team of inventors from UNC-Chapel Hill received a patent for augmented reality technology offering greater alignment between real and synthetic imagery, according to a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The technology provides low latency for headsets, allowing users to see their actual surroundings while overlaying data.

Augmented reality is different from virtual reality, though the two are similar in nature: while virtual reality only allows users to see a computerized image, augmented reality combines real-life surroundings with computerized images.

Henry Fuchs, the Federico Gil distinguished professor of computer science at UNC-CH, was listed as the first inventor on the grant, for which was initially applied March 13, 2014. Fuchs also serves as an adjunct professor for the joint biomedical engineering program between UNC-CH and North Carolina State University.

Anselmo A. Lastra, Jan-Michael Frahm, Nate Dierk and David Perra were also listed as inventors.

Lastra and Frahm both work as professors at UNC-CH. Lastra formerly served as the chair of the department of computer science.

Dierk and Perra, who both hold a master’s degree in computer science from UNC-CH, work as a software engineers for Google.

The patent can be found online.

This story is from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism