What Are the Different Kinds of “Realities”?

What Are the Different Kinds of Realities

Jumping into the realm of extended reality can help a number of different market sectors simplify training, improve customer service and create unique gaming experiences.

As we get closer and closer to the future of the internet (a.k.a. Web 3.0), the “realities”, besides the one we are used to, are becoming more commonplace. Be it the Nth floor of Accenture or virtual property tours, the different kinds of “realities” can help businesses thrive. 

Training employees with extended reality (XR), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) can make them 70% more efficient in their roles. To make the best of these different realities, we must first understand them. Let’s take a look at these different kinds of emerging realities, their distinctions and their use-cases. 

Extended reality (XR)

XR is a blanket term that includes MR, AR and VR. Basically, it includes all realities from ones that are completely physical to completely virtual. These technologies extend reality by modifying the human-to-screen experience. They immerse you in a virtual environment, add to your physical environment or do both at the same time using MR technology. One of the practical applications of XR is Google Maps. Google Street View uses XR to give you satellite navigation of your destination. 

Virtual reality (VR)

Perhaps the term we would be ‌most familiar with is virtual reality. Virtual reality is a computer-generated simulation that a user can interact with using electronic devices. VR is about removing yourself from your physical world and placing yourself in a digital environment. VR tech can be used to create purely digital experiences (like 360-degree videos) and purely virtual environments (like the video game Star Wars: Squadrons). Other real-world applications of VR include healthcare and real estate.

Augmented reality (AR)

Augmented reality is an overlay of computer-generated content onto the physical world. It is important to note that AR doesn’t interact with real-world objects and that the real and virtual objects do not respond to each other. Some of the key examples of AR are Instagram filters and the mobile game Pokémon Go. In both of these, the virtual elements enhance the physical world, like in the case of seeing a 3D Pokémon on the street waiting for you to catch. Augmented reality is useful for medical training, design and modelling.  

Mixed reality (MR)

Mixed reality merges both the real and the virtual worlds by bringing virtual elements into the real world through occlusion. Occlusion refers to obscuring ‌virtual objects into the real world, which means that the virtual elements can interact with the physical world. 

MR is a combination of AR and VR, which is also often used interchangeably with AR. Niantic, the company behind Pokémon Go, has shared plans to expand its game into the realm of mixed reality by using Microsoft Mesh. The new version of the game will allow players to connect to each other via shared holographic experiences. 

Combined applications of XR

With all these different kinds of realities, one of the key benefactors is the field of gaming. As we previously mentioned, all three subdivisions of XR have been used in video games. Their use can help players feel like they are inside the world of the game. XR can simplify the training process for medical students, firefighters and pilots, for whom real-life training would be a risky venture. 

XR is also considered to be a great way to simplify customer service by providing an immersive “try before you buy” experience. It allows real estate agents to give future homeowners a feel of how the space looks and what they can do with it by creating various layout scenarios.

All of this shows us that XR is an up-and-coming realm that companies can delve into to get a competitive edge and set themselves apart from their competitors.

Header image courtesy of Freepik


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email


What Happens When Metaverse Meets Sports Leagues?

What Happens When Metaverse Meets Sports Leagues?

While many see the metaverse as a place for entertainment and escapism, recent years have seen the rise of sports leagues that exist entirely within it. These leagues have taken advantage of the metaverse’s ability to create realistic and immersive environments to provide their players with a new and unique sports experience.

Are Immersive Art Exhibitions the New Trend

Are Immersive Art Exhibitions the New Trend?

For many, museums and exhibitions are an escape from reality. However, these places have been experiencing an all-time low visitation rate due to Covid-19. Owing to social distancing norms and closures, going to a museum was just not always possible. To address that, museums took to virtual reality (VR).

Top 5 Upcoming IPOs to Watch Out For

Top 5 Upcoming IPOs to Watch Out For

2021 was a good year for IPOs. IPOs in the United States raised US$156 billion, recording an 81 percent increase over the prior year. With such an outburst, tech stocks raised US$69 billion alone significantly. Shares of Bumble, a dating app created for women’s interests, closed up 63.5 percent in their IPO in January 2021.

Tokenization Is a Game-Changer in the Financial World - Here’s How!

Tokenization Is a Game-Changer in the Financial World – Here’s How!

By 2027, businesses and people alike are expected to lose US$40.62 billion in payment fraud. The solution to this problem? Tokenization. It refers to the replacement of sensitive data with unique identifiers that retain the length and format of the original data without having any relationship with it.

4 Successful Indian Mompreneurs You Should Know About

4 Successful Indian Mompreneurs You Should Know About

There is no doubt that motherhood is a challenging job. But some moms out there are taking on an even greater challenge—starting their own businesses. From selling natural and toxin-free products for babies to being the best lipstick brand, these mompreneurs are proving that you can have it all. Read on and get inspired by these moms who have not only overcome challenges but also built successful businesses while raising their kids and family.

Beyond 9 to 5 The Rise of Triple Peak Workdays

Beyond 9 to 5: The Rise of Triple Peak Workdays

None of us would have even dreamt of the life we lived over the past couple of years. We experienced several transitions in doing things; we gained new opportunities and lost many of them. When we talk about work, 6-feet cubicles have been reduced to 15-inch displays as the concept of remote work has become mainstream.