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VR, AR, MR - From completely virtual to enhanced reality

Reporter: Xia Cheng 丨 CCTV.com

04-29-2016 17:00 BJT

So just what is V-R, A-R and M-R? Why they are different?

When you think about V-R, you think it’s got something to do with 360-degree video, right? Well, not exactly. The key concept with Virtual Reality is “virtual”— none of what you see in your goggles is real. The views change because sensors track your eyes inside the mask—making you think you’re in a virtual world. But you aren't.

Augmented reality, on the other hand, blends the real world with virtual object. Pop-up windows and buttons that appear to be floating in mid-air. A good example of this technology is Google Glass which Google has pulled from the market.

If you combine V-R and A-R, you get an enhanced holographic experience. It's called mixed reality or M-R. M-R makes virtual objects and animations part of your view of the real world, like they are supposed to be there.

Presenting Microsoft’s HoloLens-one of the new head-mounted M-R displays.

With M-R, you can play god during Super Bowl.

And you can truly play god in your favourite Minecraft game.

Developer CCP Games created holographic Frisbees for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive users to toss to each other.

A-R and M-R developers are creating unique applications for education, industrial design, communications, and home decorations.

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