Learn about virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies.

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Virtual Reality


Augmented Reality


Mixed Reality

Types of Realities
What are the Different Types of Realites?

Our entire experience of reality is simply a made up of the sensory information we take in. But what if you could recreate enough of these sensory experiences with artificial information, to the point that your brain starts to perceive them as real? This is what happens in new mediums of reality technology such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality.


Purely Natural Objects and Environments


Virtual Objects
in Real Environments


Natural Objects in Virtual Environments


Purely Virtual Objects and Environments

Augmented Reality Explained

Augmented Reality
Supplemented Virtuality

Augmented reality refers to the augmentation of a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment, and computer-generated images are superimposed on a user's view of the real-world, thus enhancing one’s current perception of reality.

Augmented Reality

Mixed Reality Explained

Mixed Reality
Limited Virtualness

Mixed reality combines the best of both virtual reality and augmented reality, where real world objects are dynamically integrated into virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist in real time.

Mixed Reality

Virtual Reality Explained

Virtual Reality
Completely Virtual

Virtual reality is a realistic simulation of an environment that is created with a mixture of interactive hardware and software, and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment.

Virtual Reality

What are Reality Technologies Applications?

Innovative Startups and Companies

As the virtual reality landscape experiences tremendous popularity and growth over recent years, many innovative companies have formed to build out this growing ecosystem. Below is a list of several prominent reality technology startups and companies, in various industries ranging from live streaming virtual reality content, to augmented reality enterprise software.

Oculus Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Systems

Magic Leap Mixed Reality

Magic Leap
Mixed Reality Systems

Virtual Reality Platform

Virtual Reality Platform

Live Virtual Reality

Live Virtual Reality


Reality Technology Applications

Reality Technology Applications

Discover the many applications and use cases of reality technologies. From architecture to healthcare, reality technologies have the far-reaching potential to affect virtually all aspects of our daily life.


Latest Reality Technology News

Reality Technology News

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Market Reality: Augmented & Virtual Reality Represent Leading Growth Segment in Entertainment & Media

... augmented and virtual reality into its portfolio of games, which includes MMORPG Eudemons. Image via NetDragon Every Friday, Next Reality reviews the latest headlines from the financial side of augmented and mixed reality. This weekly Market Reality ...

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For consumers, 'mixed reality' is a muddy message

VR and AR: The Business Reality Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are going to be useful for ... This is why Microsoft is referring to the full spectrum as "mixed reality" even when, in the case of VR, physical reality isn't in the mix.

Bored with virtual reality? Microsoft’s betting on ‘mixed reality’ now

But what is mixed reality? Mixed reality is another name for augmented reality, which merges the real and virtual world using virtual reality (VR) technology. According to CCS Insight, a mixed reality headset would place virtual objects in the real world ...

The Differences between Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality

In a recent meeting of the Indianapolis Developers Association, we discussed the topic of Virtual Reality and where it stands today. We found that most of the developers in the meeting were familiar with Virtual Reality, but were less familiar with ...

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Market : Quantitative Market Analysis, Current and Future Trends, 2017 - 2025

With depth sensors and positional tracking in place, mixed reality headsets could allow interactions with holographic objects. The global augmented reality and virtual reality market is anticipated to exhibit substantial growth in the coming years.

Understanding Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality

With the advancement in computing technologies and announcements of new devices such as Google Glass Enterprise Edition, Microsoft HoloLens, Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and Samsung Gear VR, today’s tech generation has started to wonder how Virtual ...

Everything you need to know about mixed reality

This distinction parallels the one between mixed reality and augmented reality. MR describes the general technique of mixing sensory information from a virtual and real environment, and AR refers to a specific type of sensory mixing. The differences ...

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