Tech giant Apple is expected to unveil its long-awaited mixed reality headset on June 5 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Blog post. The product has generated a lot of buzz online, including the operating system expected to appear on the mixed reality headset. The technology, although new, blurs the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds.
What is mixed reality?
The technology combines real and virtual elements to create new simulated environments and images of real-time interactions between physical and digital objects. According to Intel, in mixed reality (MR), users can play a virtual video game, hold a real-world water bottle, and hit a virtual character from the game with the bottle.
Microsoft calls it “the next wave in computing,” following mainframes, PCs and smartphones.
MR provides stunning holographic renderings of people, high-fidelity holographic 3D models and the real world around them.
The difference between virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality
When Virtual Reality (VR) arrived, it took the tech world by storm. People were fascinated by the idea of transporting themselves to a different but virtual world. Although the three technologies seem similar, there are a few differences that separate them.
VR is fully immersive, tricking the human senses into thinking one is in a different environment or world away from the real world. Users who want to experience VR must use a head-mounted display (HMD) or headset connected to a computer console.
According to Intel, augmented reality (AR) overlays digital information on real-world objects. A good example is Pokémon GO, which keeps the real world central, but highlights it with other digital details.
Mixed reality combines these two elements to give users a holistic experience using next-generation sensing and imaging technologies. Users can interact with the virtual environment using their own hands – like Tony Stark, seen in some of the Marvel movies creating a virtual model of space and analyzing it by zooming in, zooming out, picking up virtual parts and looking in depth. .
Mixed reality applications
Like other emerging technologies, mixed reality can also provide a boost to many fields such as education and medicine.
MR can make learning more fun and interactive with 3D projections and simulations. It can also help clinicians and professionals view and share patient records and information more interactively.
Using mixed reality, people can create holograms to display scenes or objects or avatars, eliminating the physical need.