What is the Definition & Meaning of Mixed Reality or MR?

Virtual Reality, VR, Immersive Technology & Simulated Environment

What is the Definition & Meaning of Mixed Reality or MR?

Recently updated on December 29th, 2019 at 12:13 am

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.

Mixed Reality Experience…

In mixed reality, user will be able to navigate through the real world and the virtual environment seamlessly at the same time. The virtual objects will be positioned in the real world space and coordinates. Whenever you moved towards it, the virtual objects will get bigger and vice versa. And whenever you moved around it, you can see the virtual objects from different angles and perspectives. Just like the behaviour of real objects. The experience will be like viewing the holograms objects.

Furthermore, in mixed reality,  users also able to manipulate the virtual objects as well. Users can interact with their concepts in virtual objects form as if they were exist in front of them.

Some examples of the mixed reality technology are Microsoft HoloLens, Magic Leap and Canon MREAL System. Although some said that HoloLens is under the AR (Augmented Reality) category, but according to Microsoft it should fall under the MR (Mixed Reality) domain. Below is the Youtube video clip showing the anticipated capabilities of HoloLens for the consumers and industrialist. Check this out…

Based on the capability shown by HoloLens, the inclination maybe towards MR domain. What we foresee, the future of telepresence system, training or collaborative working environment might leverage on the mixed reality technology. For more info, you can read it at:
1) “Mixed reality” from Wikipedia.
2) “Choose Your Reality: Virtual, Augmented or Mixed” from <re/code>.
3) The Magic Leap Official Website.
4) The Microsoft HoloLens Official Website.

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2 Responses

  1. David Dixon says:

    Hey I would like to use some of the information on this article in PHD.

    Can I please have the authors alvirmin first and last name ?

    • alvirmin says:

      Hi David,
      Thank you very much for your interest in the article. The first name is ‘Daniel’ and the last name is ‘Adnan’.
      Hope the PhD journey is going well.
      Best of luck 🙂

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