Mixed Reality, is it real?
Wikipedia defines Mixed Reality AKA Hybrid Reality as “the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time”.
Mixed reality lets the user to see the real world (like AR) while also seeing realistic, virtual objects (like VR). And then it anchors those virtual objects to a point in real space, making it possible to treat them as “real,” at least from the perspective of the person who can see the MR experience.
In simpler terms, MR is like your perfect milk coffee, you take the best of black coffee and milk together and have your milk coffee. So, in the tech world Augmented Reality (coffee) and Virtual reality (milk) is combined with their best aspects to create one exciting product Mixed reality (milk coffee).
I was fortunate enough to experience MR a few weeks back in Japan, which amazed me with the experience. I was so engaged with the virtual world; it took a few seconds for me to connect with the real world after using MR. As per my experience it’s not only about the technology itself but the contribution of creativity and designing that gives the whole experience.
Although MR has lot of talkability, application in the real-life is still low. However, tech giants like Microsoft are heavily investing on MR with their HoloLens project hoping for a commercially available product.
Mixed Reality has a lot to offer and this is just the beginning of a marketable term, this is going to be BIG.