Mixed reality combines the best of virtual and augmented reality. it is the next level of evolution in the interaction of virtual and real world. MR allows users to immerse in virtual environment while interacting with real environment. In this article we will discuss what is mixed reality and how it is different from virtual and augmented reality.
In mixed reality, real word objects are integrated in virtual world. As a result in MR, virtual and real objects co exist and interact in real time. Movements in real word are transferred to digital world. Therefore users can manipulate both real and virtual worlds. For example, in one moment service engineer is checking how to change a machine part and next moment he is changing the part.
How User Interact in Mixed Reality
MR completely changing the way, how machine and human interact? MR utilizes following technologies to interact with Virtual world.
- Gesture input (Head and hand movement, eye tracking)
- Environmental input (user position in real world)
- Spatial Mapping and Spatial Understanding
- Ambient light
- Object Reorganization etc.
How Mixed Reality is Different from Virtual Reality
MR has applications similar to virtual and augmented reality. But it offers advantages of interacting with real and virtual environments in same time.
Let’s compare the difference between augmented and virtual reality experience. When these products are used on shop floor.
Case 1 : Augmented Reality
Using AR device such as smartphone or google glass assembly engineer gets step by step instructions in front of the screen. If required engineer can get real time support from his seniors. But this interaction between real and virtual world is not streamlined.
Case 2 : Mixed Reality
Using MR device such as Microsoft Hologram, Engineer can interact with virtual world. For example engineer can open engine 3D in virtual environment. From there he can get step by step instructions. Therefore MR is taking the advantage of both virtual and augmented reality.
Example 2 (Video Games)
Case 1: Virtual Reality
Virtual reality gives completely immersive experience to gamers. They have nothing to do with outside environment. To offer interactive experience players require input devices such as : Hand gloves
Case 2 : Mixed Reality
MR utilizes the immersiveness of virtual reality being in real world. For example while playing games using mixed reality device such as magic leap. Game characters will pop in your space. For example, Game character poping up from your drawing room wall
Mixed Reality Devices
Mixed reality offers the advantages of both Virtual Reality and Augmented reality. It has applications in manufacturing, service, education and medical industry.
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