The Ultimate Guide to Mixed Reality (MR) Technology
Introduction to Mixed Reality (MR)
Mixed Reality (MR) is used as an independent concept or to classify the spectrum of reality technologies, as referenced in the reality–virtuality continuum.
As an independent concept, mixed reality combines the best of both virtual reality and augmented reality. When used to classify the larger scope of reality technologies, it refers to the coverage of all possible variations and compositions of real and virtual objects.
Mixed Reality Definition
What is Mixed Reality (MR)?
Mixed Reality noun
The predominantly virtual spaces where real world objects or people are dynamically integrated into virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.
The continuous scale ranging which covers all possible variations and compositions of real and virtual objects. The continuum ranges from a completely real and natural environment, to a completely virtual environment. The concept was first introduced by Paul Milgram.
Types of Mixed Reality
Mixed Reality (MR) Categories
Mixed Reality (Continuum)
This spectrum (i.e. Mixed Reality Continuum) covers all possible variations and compositions of real and virtual objects. On the spectrum, beginning from far-left, is the natural world where nothing is computer generated. The most-right point on the spectrum, is the virtual environment where everything is computer generated. Below, we explore the various types of reality technologies that make up this spectrum:
Mixed Reality (Independent)
Mixed reality, either as a standalone concept or used to refer to the entire spectrum of situations between actual reality (i.e. real world) and virtual reality, attempts to combine the best of both virtual reality and augmented reality. When both real and virtual worlds are merged together, new environments and visualizations become possible where physical and digital objects can coexist and interact in real time.