Everything you need to know about Virtual Reality

With the need to implement cognitive learning being the cornerstone of Industry 4.0 revolution, Internet of Things (IoT) based technologies have been on the rise. Of all these varied automation enhancing technologies, the most relevant in regards to cognitive learning have to be VR, AR, and MR. The following is everything you need to know about VR, AR, and MR, their significance towards the automation drive and their impact.

What is VR?

Virtual reality is the most immersive type of reality technology which creates an artificial environment to inhabit. This immersive, computer-generated environment blocks out the sensory input from the outside world; and uses the visual and auditory cues to make the virtual world seem quite real. It is immersive because of its simulated setting that manages to trick your unconscious mind to start treating this illusion as real. 

But how is this achieved? What do you need to experience this simulated environment? To enter the world of Virtual Reality, you must first wear an HMD headset (Head Mounted Display). The headset is the display for viewing the virtual environment. With the headset ON, a virtual world appears in every direction you cast your gaze.

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What is AR?

Now that we know the basics of VR, let’s move to Augmented Reality (AR). Unlike Virtual Reality, which creates a complete artificial environment to communicate, AR superimposes digital information onto the physical surroundings. While VR requires you to wear an HMD, AR’s display is transparent, allowing you to see and interact with your real environment as well.

Because of its utility, AR is closely associated with the enterprise. Products such as Google Glass have found their way into doctors’ offices and manufacturing plants, increasing productivity and efficiency. One of the most popular game, Pokémon Go is a classic example of AR.

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What is MR?

VR and AR are easy enough to understand, but Mixed Reality (MR) is where the water gets murky, and confusion starts. Mixed Reality (MR) is a hybrid of the technologies mentioned above. It is a combined aspect of both VR and AR.

Combining the digital and physical worlds in MR results in an experience where virtual objects integrate into the physical environment. With these virtual objects fastened to a physical location, you can interact and walk around with the physical world. The MR device first scans and maps your physical surroundings to ensure a real experience, so it can accurately place the virtual objects in your space. For instance, with MR, a 3D virtual object can appear directly on your table, integrating the virtual world over your physical one.