Updated: Aug 25, 2021
Mixed Reality (MR) is a combination of multiple advanced technologies, primarily Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
Let's distinguish VR and AR to understand Mixed Reality:
Virtual reality: using VR devices, the user's current reality is changed in the virtual world. It does not take into account the user's immediate environment, so it is often recommended that VR technology be used in large environments where the user does not accidentally hit anything in physical space.
Augmented reality: this technology often places digital content roughly above the real world. It does not take into account your environment and does not interact with your space. Simply AR stands decidedly above any surface, and the physical world acts as a static background for him. Examples of decommissioned AR devices recently developed were Google Glass and Snapchat's Spectacles.
MR devices continuously collect information about the environment, unlike AR, which places digital elements on physical space without taking into account its unique and changing composition. This information will then be used to seamlessly embed digital content and information into the physical space, allowing the user to interact with it.
Unlike VR, you don't get lost in the digital world, the digital world goes to you.
Mixed Reality can sound like a whole new, futuristic technology that is still decades away from reality. In fact, MR has been used since the 1990s as a term decried to explore the potential of combining both virtual and augmented reality.
Even augmented and virtual reality isn't brand new, despite its commercial uses and recent applications. In fact, both VR and AR technology can be traced back to the 1960s Dec.
Today, Mixed Reality is a technology that is rapidly entering widespread use. Microsoft's HoloLens is a well-known example of an existing, commercially available Mixed Reality device Jul. It's a holographic computer, with lenses that you wear around your head, projecting holograms over your eyes that you can manipulate and interact with, as if they were in your physical environment.
It includes 3 sensors and 5 cameras that constantly learn about your 3D environment, and it can even remember where you place digital items in your physical space, so that when you use the system again, your windows and apps will be where you left them.
Hololens runs on the Windows system and offers applications and software, happens on a touchscreen and can interact. An example is an MRI device that allows users to interact with virtual objects, such as Meta 2 physical objects.
These two are just examples of MR technology that exists now and give us insight into what technology can do now and potentially do in the future.