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Extended Reality Technology: All You Need to Know

As the extended reality (XR) technology continues to evolve, in a few decades, the world will be likely unrecognizable compared to today. This tool will likely change how most mundane activities can be performed from the comfort of your home. It is almost certain that this revolution will occur as hundreds of tech companies continue to pump thousands of dollars into XR.


XR is a term used to define a handful of similar technologies. These technologies include virtual reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality. The development of another type of similar technology will also fall under the XR category. All three technologies basically combine the real world and computer-created reality into a coherent system via headsets and the graphics of a computer.

Mixed Reality

Mixed reality (MR) allows for the co-existence of virtual and real objects together within the physical world, as seen by the user. Typically, MR requires a specialized headset that uses a significant amount of processing and graphics power. Several tech companies have developed technologies for MR that can allow you to place objects within a given physical environment. Additionally, MR gives you the ability to manipulate the object as desired. This technology is gaining significant traction from designers and manufacturers.

Virtual Reality

Unlike other types of technology, virtual reality (VR) allows users to be completely encompassed in a digital-generated environment. It allows users to interact with artificial environments as if they exist through the use of VR headsets and other sensory tools. Users can experience a computer-generated world in 360 degrees just as they do the real world. For example, with a VR headset, you can walk, run, and even jump within the environment. You can even see yourself within another planet or swim in artificial water. A wide range of industries is finding VR useful.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality, or AR, is a form of technology that seeks to enhance and expand the physical world through the inclusion of virtual information. Such information could be in the form of objects, texts, images, and even animation. AR requires less processing power as it can be easily implemented via glasses, smartphones, and other portable devices. The greatest advantage of AR is users can basically interact with the real world, together with the enhancements offered by the technology. Examples of AR technology include Instagram and Snapchat filters.

Applications of Extended Reality

Extended reality can be used for a wide range of applications. These applications include the following.

  • XR can be used for training in different human disciplines. The military, health, and aerospace are a few sectors that are actively looking to utilize XR for the purpose of training personnel.
  • Many businesses are implementing XR as a way for customers to test products before purchase. In the near future, many more businesses are likely to join this trend.
  • XR is also becoming popular as a tool for remote work. It allows workers to communicate in an interactive manner.

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