Virtual Reality vs Augmented Reality Part 3: Mixed Reality


Part 3 of our Virtual Reality vs Augmented Reality blog series discusses mixed reality technology, which combines the very best of both VR and AR. Check out part 1 of the blog here, and part 2 here.

What is Mixed Reality?

Mixed Reality (MR), also known as hybrid reality, is a type of visual technology that merges real and virtual worlds for the purpose of creating new environments in which physical objects and digital content coexists and can interact in real time.

As a hybrid of virtual reality and augmented reality, mixed reality is considerably more advanced than either AR or VR as it uses a combination of technology from both, including advanced optics and sensors.

MR works by first scanning your surrounding physical environment, and then generating a 3D map of it on which digital content can be placed and interacted with.


As with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality could be potentially useful for a wide range of applications in almost all industries, from education to entertainment and healthcare to horticulture.

Microsoft appears to be leading the charge when it comes to developing mixed reality technology; the company is planning on introducing a number of its HoloLens Mixed Reality headsets to the general public later this year.

We previously spoke about how Microsoft intends to bring its HoloLens headset to the Xbox One and Project Scorpio consoles in 2018, and how the company is helping a number of Windows 10 PC manufacturers including Acer, HP and Lenovo to develop their own Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

It seems that of the three reality altering technologies, Microsoft has decided that Mixed Reality will be the most popular option.

It will be interesting to see how these technologies further develop over the coming years.

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