The Realm of Realities: Talking XR, MR, VR, & AR

Written on 09/25/2021
Diana Olynick

Every now and then, we hear the terms like virtual reality or augmented reality. These are cutting-edge technologies bringing a revolution in various facets of human life. There are four terms and technologies in this regard. These are Extended Reality (XR), Mixed Reality (MR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR). All of these are billion-dollar industries in the making. Extended Reality (XR) is set to become a $467.7 Billion industry in 2026. 


In the near future, these technologies will impact human life in the bigger picture. That is why; we must embrace them. For that, it is vital to have an integral understanding of these technologies. This article will ideally help you in this regard. We will be talking about all four technologies separately. Moreover, we will get to know how these technologies are interconnected with each other. 


Virtual Reality (VR)


Virtual Reality (VR), also known as computer-simulated reality, provides an immersive experience. The term denotes the high-tech computer tech that works with reality headsets. These virtual headsets with other components generate realistic sounds, sensory alerts, and images. In this way, it replicates an original setting. In turn, it powers an imaginary world that is similar to a real-life environment. That is why; it creates an immersive experience for its users. 


After being active in the gaming industry, now VR tech is being channeled into solutions that are more viable. It is estimated that by the end of 2021, the global VR industry will be valued at $3.7 billion. 


Augmented Reality (AR)


The global Augmented Reality (AR) market will be valued at $18 billion by the year 2023. That means; it will become an essential part of our life. In essence, Augmented Reality (AR) is a direct or indirect, yet live view of the whole physical world. The elements of the real world are augmented using high-tech sensory input. These include images, videos, and GPS. 


Based on the utilization of existing reality, AR adds some sort of utilization device. In this way, it adds value to the relevant function. Moreover, Augmented Reality (AR) offers flexibility, as it can be easily accessed through tablets and mobile phones. AR is also actively helping companies with their branding. Now, one can apply AR-powered filters and avatars through Instagram and Snap Chat.


Mixed Reality (MR)

Taking a step further in the amusing world of realities, we experience Mixed Reality (MR). It is also known as Hybrid Reality. MR merges virtual reality and the real world. That, in turn, produces new settings and visualizations. In such settings, the real-life objects and digital elements interact and co-exist in the same setting. In essence, in MR, the real-life content and digital or synthetic content are able to react to each other.


Extended Reality (XR)

Extended Reality (XR) is an umbrella term. It comprises MR, VR, and AR. It takes into account all the human and machine interactions. XR was termed to mitigate the confusion in the case of MR, VR, and AR. XR provides a wide range of realities that deal with the transformation of real-life into immersive states. XR phenomenally presents a set of realities from which humans can benefit in various ways.

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