Mixed Reality | What is it?
Mixed Reality (MR)
Mixed reality, in a sense, is a spectrum between VR and the real world. As Milgram and Kishino put it, Mixed reality is anywhere between the extrema of the virtual continuum. This includes AR and AV. Similar to augmented, mixed reality is a merging of the real and virtual worlds. However, with mixed reality, the virtual world can integrate with the real world to allow interactions between the two.
To clarify, mixed reality is different than AR in that MR has occlusion and integration with AV. Occlusion lets virtual objects be obscured by real objects. This makes the user feel as if the virtual environment is immersed in the real world rather than feeling immersed in a virtual world like VR.
Mixed reality has many practical uses, one of them being interactive product content management (IPCM). IPCM is used to allow customers to view furniture, paint, and other products in their homes or workspace virtually before they buy. Other uses of MR include artistic expression, studies in AI, digitized human consciousness, and of course, military and medical training.
Another major use is in the MR subbranch, Augmented Virtuality (AV). AV integrates real-world objects in a virtual space. Green screen and video chat backgrounds are great examples of AV. This technology was especially important in 2020 because it supported and improved remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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