January 23, 2022


Virtual Reality has been a widely known technology for decades, though it was not practically applied in the early stages but it was always there in the discussion where on other hand augmented and mixed realities are newer and less well-known. Surprisingly then, few of us have experienced VR, while it is likely that we have all used Augmented Reality applications in our daily lives. Mixed Reality is still being developed and defined.

However, as these innovations are young, most people still don’t know the differences between AR, VR, and MR technology. Not surprising since they are only just beginning to hit the market in a small handful of the most advanced and forward-thinking companies. Though the nuances that do exist will only become more important as time marches forward. Therefore, getting a grasp on the details now is a great way to stay ahead of the game.

What is AR?

Augmented Reality makes use of technology to superimpose information such as sounds, images, and text on the global world we view. It adds to the reality we usually view rather than replacing it. The best possible examples are smart glasses such as Google Glass, and mobile games like Pokemon go which have reached more than one billion downloads in recent years.

What is VR?

We all know that Virtual Reality is all about creating virtual worlds. It is a 3D environment generated by computers made visible by VR gadgets to the user. It gives the user a chance to engage and immerge to the environment in an amazing way.

It is possible to manipulate the environment and also perform tasks there. Yes, It is true that it is a conjoining line to the metaverse. But VR worlds are limited to one world. The VR gadgets are the entry points of the Virtual Worlds. It helps the user to be more involved in the surroundings. The sensory elements of the VR world are a treat.

The usage of VR in almost all industries is taking pace now. It is gaining momentum in terms of user experience and liking.


What is MR?

Mixed Reality (MR) which combines elements of both AR and VR, real-world and digital objects interact. Mixed reality technology is just now starting to take off with Microsoft’s HoloLens one of the most notable early mixed reality apparatuses. In mixed reality, you can see virtual objects just like you can in augmented reality, but these objects can also interact with the real world. In a sense, mixed reality is a more immersive and interactive type of augmented reality.


Which one is better?

All three technologies have their own strength. Let’s consider the construction industry for an example: All three will work really well in the construction industry. If you look at the job site specifically, both augmented and mixed reality applications will be very beneficial to construction projects. AR and MR can help project teams understand what the current digital content is and use this information to ensure that they are accurately installing things on the job site and also resolving any kind of conflict that arises. Virtual reality is really beneficial for design and construction teams that may not be able to visit a job site. If you look at virtual reality, you can take a 3D laser scan to document “as-is” conditions and bring this into the model. Virtual reality allows you to go back into that digital content, where you can then see actual job site conditions overlaid with the physical or digital model. This helps you to understand what’s happening for the project teams on the job site. This way you have a communication process for your team in place where those in the office can talk back to those in the field.

Future of these Technologies?

AR, VR, and MR technology are all advancing quickly, with new generations of devices rolling out each year. However, the “Holy Grail” continues to be finding applications that will drive them to mass market acceptance. By definition, VR is awkward and isolating, so the experiences need to be both compelling and more than just a novelty. And AR has to get accurate and powerful enough that it becomes the best way for people to accomplish everyday tasks. In the meantime, both industries are flourishing in a variety of commercial and niche applications, so expect continued progress on all fronts.

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