Updated: Aug 25, 2021
The possibilities and consequences of the continued growth of Mixed Reality suggest that the future of MR is both realistic and boundless.
While we can only predict where Mr might take us next, its benefits and uses in a variety of industries today and in the near future are staggering:
Health and medicine
Mixed reality simulations are already helping medical students better understand their patients, especially those with hearing and vision disabilities. Thanks to MR technology, how these patients experience the real world is simulated, allowing medical practitioners to have more empathy and understanding.
Doctors, and especially surgeons, can learn about complex surgeries and develop the latest procedures. They can run scenarios in the operating room and simulate the same conditions, allowing them to plan and predict results.
Thanks to MRI, first responders can be better prepared for work scenarios safely and risk-free, which better prepares them for these stressful situations. MR also helps PTSD patients through controlled exposure in a safe environment and at their own pace.
Experiential education is one of the most effective learning and teaching tools. Through Mixed Reality, students can interact with what they learn more than ever before. It is not only visual, auditory, or traditional learning methods that will allow students to learn, but real experiences that support deeper and immersive learning.
Mixed Reality can also be used in the future to expand the work of virtual reality by engaging people in different cultures, increasing awareness of causes in a way that reinforces greater empathy. People will be able to learn about other cultures, social, political and economic concerns through almost first-hand experience through Mixed Reality.
There is great potential in games for Mixed Reality, which unlocks an experience that combines the intense and expressive worlds in video games in the real environment. It has the potential to gamify fitness, as augmented reality does as evidenced by the Pokemon Go phenomenon.
By placing digital items in the real environment, people will be working to physically move to access digital content and experience them hands-free, rather than just looking at screens on their handheld devices.
Retail and business
Businesses expect many possibilities when they use Mixed Reality technologies. Companies are now maximizing VR and AR, such as providing augmented reality maps for their customers to better understand and access their stores.
With MR, stores can provide customers with unprecedented information as they walk the aisles, enabling customers to shop consciously and confidently without needing help. They can also experience a product or service before purchasing it.
Mixed Reality will unlock a whole new way for people to experience the world, which could mean new products and goods for companies to develop and deliver. Just like today's trend towards micrometers and in-app buying, businesses can sell virtual products to fill this mixed-reality world.