What is Mixed Reality?
Mixed Reality is a hybrid between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, it combines the use of numerous technologies that include sensors, optics and a lot of computing power. All of this into a single device that delivers users the capability to introduce AR content into your physical space, creating virtual scenarios that are both extraordinary and realistic.
How does Mixed Reality or Merged Reality work?
Mixed Reality scans the physical environment and creates a 3D map of the surroundings so the device is able to know exactly where and how digital content should be placed in that space in a way that looks real, and at the same time it lets you interact with them using gestures. Mixed Reality is quite different from VR, where users are immersed in a completely different world. Mixed Reality brings digital content into your physical space, enabling players to interact with any virtual object.
The use of spatial sound technology, transparent lenses, and the ability to recognize physical space make these holograms look as if they are real objects that you can touch or move in a certain environment.
What is Mixed Reality Good For?
Mixed Reality has an infinite number of possible interactions and uses such as professional, entertaining, and educational applications. There are many experiences yet to be imagined and developed for the potential of Mixed Reality. The physical world around you is going to become a whole new canvas for you and your friends to play, communicate, interact, and learn.
- Communication: Holoportation will enable MR users in different parts of the world to interact with each other in the same virtual space despite being miles away.
- Education: Project Esper displays how medical students can benefit from Merged Reality and obtain more detailed views and deeper interactions with the human anatomy.
- Entertainment: Microsoft Hololens promises to be an interesting platform, we have already seen how it might look for Minecraft and we are eager to see which other video games or apps can take advantage of this technology.