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What is the difference between augmented, mixed, and virtual reality?

Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality all seem to be the same when you first hear the terms. All 3 forms try to show you something that is not actually there. In this article I explain to you what the differences between VR, AR and MR are and what form you use for what.

What are the differences?

While virtual reality immerses you completely in a virtual 3D world, augmented reality is more an addition to the real physical world around you. Mixed reality tries to bring this together by placing realistic 3D images in the real world, making it seem like it just belongs. For example, VR, AR and MR differ from each other in use, but especially in experience.

Virtual, augmented and mixed reality

Virtual reality

Virtual Reality

A VR pair of glasses places a screen in front of your eyes so that you only see a virtual 3D world. A good virtual reality game or experience tries to convince you that you are there with your entire body. It is also used by various companies. For example, you can already take a look in your new home before it is there. Or maybe you've always wanted to see the Great Barrier Reef.

Augmented reality

Augmented Reality

An augmented reality glasses will in most cases place a transparent piece of glass in front of your eyes. For example, you will see an update of the weather without it blocking your field of vision. Or think of the temperature or a speedometer that floats in front of you when you're on the bike. One of the most famous AR glasses is the Google Glass, whose development is currently at a lower level.

Mixed reality

Mixed Reality

With mixed reality glasses, the possibilities of virtual reality and augmented reality come together a bit. Realistic 3D images appear in the real world. So you play a game where hostile robots invade your living room through the walls. Or place a virtual TV on the wall that will always hang when you look at it.

In short

Virtual Reality Augmented Reality Mixed Reality
Complete in a virtual environment. Yes No No
Additional information and updates that float in the air. No Yes No
Computer graphics and the real world work together. No No Yes
Moves with your field of vision. Yes Yes No
Interaction with the real world. No Yes Yes
Graphically as realistic as possible. Yes No Yes

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