VR, which stands for virtual reality, has received lots of attention from the professional IT services crowd recently. However, based on our observation, the real money is in augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technologies.
Both of the mentioned technologies have clear applications for the workplace, especially since you can interact with holograms around you.
Here Are Some Things You Need to Know About AR and MR:
What Is Augmented Reality?29
AR puts virtual elements into the real world, whereas VR is about putting you in a virtual world. AR lets you stay in the real world while retaining your connection to the Internet and number of AR apps and services. Staff inside the production floor needs to be present and engaged in the production process. However, using traditional technology is quite challenging to do while performing other duties.
AR lets you use the computer without losing the function of your hands. It can be used in any position either horizontally like when riding an automobile, while standing, or while you are in motion. Such is the awesomeness of AR.
AR supports and improves operations. Basically, AR will free your hands so you can work in your environment unrestrained but still connected. AR makes it very easy to obtain assistance since a remote technician can view what you see and work with you on a more hands-on basis. It is also a good training medium. Instructions or demos can be overlaid into real-life scenarios as you perform the tasks.
What Is Mixed Reality?
The concept behind MR is somewhat the same with AR with a few minor differences. AR puts content on top of the world and our surroundings, but the content is not as interactive. The primary purpose of MR is informative.
MR lets interaction between the real and the virtual happen. This is very important with the increase in use of Internet of Things due to the fact that such intelligent devices can then be controlled via MR.
Data from devices surrounding a person can be shown on their MR gadget. Let’s say, a worker in a pump station could view the pressure levels of pipes from different locations. Through MR, he could make flow changes to compensate, while checking MR and at the same time, looking around the pump house instead of walking over to a computer console.
Even security tasks can be made with MR. For example, an entrance may have a camera connected to MR devices. Before a user can open the door, their MR device shows a set of pictures to them. They swipe through the pictures to assemble the password pattern in order for them to enter. The camera watches the swipes and knows the pattern since it is interconnected with the MR device.
AR and MR can change the way we interact with the real world and how we use technology. They are the next big leap in human computer interaction, and they are here to improve the way we work and live.