Virtual Reality vs Augmented Reality vs Mixed Reality

Virtual Reality vs Augmented Reality vs Mixed Reality

There are a range of different types of immersive technologies. In this article we explain the difference between, virtual, mixed and augmented reality.

The virtuality continuum is a spectrum that explains how real and virtual worlds can be combined in different ways, and to different extents. Virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) are all terms used to describe how the real and virtual can be amalgamated. But, while they’re often mistaken for one another and used interchangeably, there are some key differences in what they mean. Here, we’re going to clearly define each one, and also explain how they differ from one another. This should help to quell some of the confusion surrounding the terms and ensure that you’re always able to work out exactly what kind of technology or technique you need to use for a certain project.

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WHAT IS VIRTUAL REALITY?

“Virtual reality” tends to involve more of the virtual than the real, as the name suggests. The term describes a three-dimensional, computer-generated environment that a person can explore and interact with. There are a range of systems that can be used to achieve a sense of virtual reality, from headsets, to headphones, gloves, and even omni-directional treadmills.

It’s the most immersive type of reality technology and essentially makes it possible to experience anything, anywhere, at any time by convincing the human brain that it’s somewhere else. But, there’s also a sliding scale of virtual reality made up of three different types: