The Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality have made the leap from the sector of leisure and free time to the business and educational environment by changing the way we interact with data and information. According to the latest IDC research, in 2020 half of the large companies will have implemented some type of digital strategy linked to these technologies, predictably reaching more than $ 22 billion in investment.
For users, the appearance of Wearables such as HMDs (head-mounted displays) has brought consumers closer to the use of this type of technology, allowing access to them to become an increasingly demanded experience. Given this reality, knowing the differences between the three is key to being able to take advantage of the opportunities offered by each of them.
What Are The Main Differences Between Them
- Virtual Reality generates nonexistent virtual worlds.
- The Augmented Reality combines with other elements exist that do exist.
- Mixed Reality is a mix between both technologies, that is, it combines real and virtual elements in a 3D-generated environment.
What Is Virtual Reality (VR)
Virtual Reality or VR is a technology whose main feature full immersion of the user in a fictional world. For this, it is necessary to have specially designed devices such as helmets or Virtual Reality glasses or HMD. This equipment allows the user to interact without leaving the virtual world.
One of the most widespread VR applications is related to the world of entertainment and video games. Virtual Reality devices work so that the user visualizes what is on the screen while sensors connected to it recognize the movements and gestures of the individual to act accordingly.
There are two types of Virtual Reality: passive and interactive. The VR passive is the one that allows the user to visualize the virtual world but without the ability to interact in it. Instead, interactive VR, as its name suggests, is one in which the user has control over the virtual elements and can interact with them.
Big Data And Virtual Reality
The use and implementation of Virtual Reality techniques in Big Data systems arise from the need to clearly and intuitively visualize all the data, graphics, and tables that are generated. Thanks to this, the large amount of information stored within these systems is much more understandable, manageable, and easy to analyze.
What Does Augmented Reality (AR) Consist Of
The Augmented Reality adds or superimposed layers of virtual information to the real world through elements created digitally. These elements are naturally integrated into the environment that surrounds the user. This is the key to the difference between Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality since AR does use the real world as part of the experience. In the case of Augmented Reality, the user does not need total isolation from the environment that surrounds him, since the devices that are used, such as smartphones or tablets, allow the visualization of both realities.
What Equipment Is Necessary To Create Augmented Reality
For the RA experience to be successful, it is necessary to use devices that build the virtual elements in the user’s environment:
- To capture the images of the real environment it is necessary to use cameras integrated with the RA applications.
- The Augmented Reality processor is in charge of differentiating the images captured by the camera and placing the technologically generated elements in them.
- The Augmented Reality software is the program that generates virtual designs that add information to the real space, thus creating the Augmented Reality experience.
- Finally, to process all the elements, activators must be located in the physical environment. These triggers consist of a series of programmed templates that have a code inserted that is captured through the camera and that indicates to the device when to display the virtual image. In this way, the software recognizes the RA elements.
What Is Mixed Reality
The Mixed Reality or MR, also known as Hybrid Reality, is the combination of the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. In this way, it is possible to create new spaces in which both real 3D-generated objects and virtual elements interact. The idea of this technology is to generate a 3D model of reality and, on it, superimpose virtually created information. In this way, additional content of value for the user is generated.
Mixed Reality Applications
Mixed Reality can be applied in many fields and sectors thanks to its multidisciplinary nature. Among its main applications is the education, engineering, or leisure sector.
An example of this is the educational sector, where Mixed Reality is used to facilitate and improve the learning capacity of students. Thus, the assimilation of information is facilitated through visual elements that capture the attention of the students. It also allows personalizing teaching techniques so that students can manipulate and interact with virtual objects.
Regarding the field of engineering, Mixed Reality is becoming a key factor regarding the use of technologies such as 3D modeling, remote applications, or project monitoring.