First of all, let’s discuss what each of these types of reality means and how they work.
Virtual Reality is possibly the single most used form of reality in the general consumer market. Virtual Reality can be found in different forms, such as Google cardboard or the HTC VIVE. These headsets block out all vision but have two high-resolution screens positioned behind two concaved panes of glass. Each screen and depending on the actual form of the VR the screen may even show the exact same images or even two halves of a single image to give a profound and immersive experience.
Augmented Reality is slightly different from the other forms of reality augmentation. Augmented reality uses devices such as a mobile phone and makes use of the cameras and 3D environment. Using mapping technology to display a 3D object within the screen of the mobile device giving the illusion that there is an object in the room with you that you can only see through the screen on a mobile device.
Mixed Reality uses a similar approach to both the VR and AR by using devices such as ACER’s mixed reality headset. Mixed reality is where you take our perceived reality and augment it using a virtual reality headset but allowing you to see into our perceived reality. A way to describe this is to say within the headset you can see the room your standing in and have the ability to project anything into the room with you such as a new chair to test the placement, size and another aspect of said chair that you wish before purchasing anything.
What is each type of reality used for?
Currently, VR is used majority in gaming and entertainment such as movie streaming and product proof of concept demonstrations. AR is used again mostly for gaming, for example, a good use of AR recently is Pokémon Go a game where you use your phone to Search the area and catch Pokémon around you, using the rear-facing camera you can search “tall grass” to find a Pokémon and catch it. Mixed Reality is also a mainstream gaming application and can be seen in examples such as the Mixed Reality game Ghost Busters where ghosts appear around the location you are in and you must capture them using handheld lasers.
What are the possibilities for these technologies?
Put simply the possibilities are endless as we continually gain technological advancements we can improve on the current technology to create even more realistic and immersive products.
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