It seems like just yesterday you were still wrapping your head around the fact VR is something that can potentially be influential, and now you learn that there’s AR and MR.
Here’s a quick queue card / guide / infographic by Futurism to help you make sense of all the various iterations of reality that are starting to exist in this one field.
VR – Virtual Reality
This is probably the most well-known new reality. Unlike AR or MR, the computer-generated (3D) images and environments in a virtual reality require you to use special electronic equipment—most commonly helmets (with built-in screens) and motion sensitive gloves.
Virtual reality is completely digital, so there are some downsides (i.e your own environment messing with the mirage) to participating in this reality.
AR – Augmented Reality
The name is self-explanatory. Unlike Virtual Reality (VR), you’re not running away from the real world, in favor of a dreamlike state. In Augmented Reality (AR) a digital computer generated image is superimposed onto the real world. An example of Augmented Reality is the now infamous Tupac Shakur hologram which debuted at Coachella in 2012. Those who were physically present at Coachella couldn’t tell the difference—they thought Tupac was really alive—alas they later discovered this was simply a mirage.
MR – Mixed/Hybrid Reality
What happens when you take all the best elements of VR and the ingenuity of AR? You get Mixed Reality (MR)!
In this reality, the real world and the virtual world interact. It’s not like AR where the virtual world is visible in the real world—no. In Mixed Reality, the virtual world and the real world conspire to create a whole new paradigm.
Imagine that you’re dealing with case-law and need to find a specific keyword/precedent in a non-digital legal journal. Scanning the entire journal using MR (like Microsoft’s HoloLens) would allow you to narrow your search faster.
By Glenn Blake