Archive for February 2016

What is the Difference Between VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) & MR (Mixed Reality)?

Sometimes, people keep asking the difference between VR, AR and MR where the terms seems can be used interchangeably. These three words, VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality) and MR (Mixed Reality), are very confusing to new people in the industry. Especially in this era of reality technology that keep advancing and progressing. Let’s look at the areas below that might help in differentiating them.

Difference Between VR AR MR
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View-Master Virtual Reality Viewer Sold on Apple’s Online Store

During my childhood, I remember using a product called “View-Master” to view the stereoscopic 3D like static images by inserting the round cardboard in the middle of the device. You know what? That guy is BACKKK!!! Apple is now selling a virtual reality viewer, called as “View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack” on its Online Store.

View-Master VR Viewer
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What is the Definition & Meaning of Mixed Reality or MR?

Lately, there is a term emerging called “Mixed Reality” or also known as MR in the virtual reality or simulation world. Mixed reality refers to the combination or merging of virtual environment together with real environment where both of them can co-exist together. Sometimes, people also refer to it as “Hybrid Reality“.

Magic Leap the Mixed Reality MR
Magic Leap is one example of solution using Mixed Reality (MR) Technology.

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“Unreal Engine 4” Allows VR Content Creation Within Virtual Reality Itself

The popular game engine, “Unreal Engine 4” or UE4, is now allowing the developers to create the VR content within the virtual reality environment itself. This is the the first time VR content creation can happened while the developers is still inside the virtual environment. Previously, the developer need to build it “off-site” (outside VR) using the desktop or laptop and then only to test it in the VR world. That is quite an achievement for the VR developers community.

Unreal Engine 4 VR
Creating VR Content in VR Environment using Unreal Engine 4.

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