Differences between VR, AR and MR

Dec 24, 2020 | Augmented Reality, Marketing, Virtual Reality

Differences between VR, AR and MR

There is a confusion about the differences between virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). While all are immersive technologies (technology that integrates virtual and real-world elements) and have similarities, there are differences.

AR, VR and MR are all acronyms used to describe digital experiences that allow people to feel as though they are part of a virtual world at different levels. With immersive technologies developing so fast, and thanks to the acronyms, many people are becoming confused as to how each differs.

We will explain what each technology consists of in order to clarify these concepts.

Augmented Reality (AR)

Augmented reality is the superimposition of digitally created content on the real world. Augmented reality – or ‘AR’ – allows the user to interact both with the real world and with digital elements or augmentations.

Instead of providing a fully immersive virtual experience, augmented reality enhances the real world with images, text, and other virtual information through devices such as display screens, smart phones, tablets, smart lenses, and AR glasses.

Augmented reality is useful for more than just entertainment. Companies in aviation, automotive, healthcare, travel and tourism, and more are developing augmented reality solutions.

Virtual Reality

Virtual reality seeks to create a completely immersive experience for users that are as close to real life as possible. Using headphones that provide 360-degree vision and move with the user in real space, as well as high-quality sound and motion controls that provide the greatest possible dexterity, VR technology allows us to experience things that we would never have thought possible.

Virtual reality is used in many fields, including the fields of medicine and pharmaceuticals. This technology is used to create sales, education and training tools that allow users to obtain a unique experience that has never been possible before.

Mixed Reality (MR)

In a mixed reality (MR) experience, which combines elements of RA and VR, real-world and digital objects interact. Instead of being added to the real world, the experiences are interactive to the point that they can be used in many applications. Characters and scenarios can be mixed with the real-world environment.

In short, Reality Technologies differences:

Augmented reality (AR): is an experience where virtual objects are superimposed on the real world environment through smart phones, tablets, screens with headphones or AR glasses.

Virtual reality (VR): is a totally immersive experience where a user leaves behind the real world environment to enter a totally digital environment through VR headsets.

Mixed reality (MR): goes one step beyond augmented reality where virtual objects placed in the real world can interact and respond as if they were real objects.

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