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What the .... is Mixed Reality (MR) really?

Mark is an industry veteran and guru when it comes to all things Virtual, Augmented and now mixed realities.

There is so much to consider when you are discussing or trying to understand the difference in them all. The Mixed Reality continuum is a great place to start, it puts it all into perspective.

This piece will help you really get your head around the difference if that is what you are wanting to achieve.

However to the everyday punter the difference between them all is still so hard to appreciate that it isn't even worth thinking about.

What is apparent though is that these realities are just in their infancy when it comes to the world we live in. Yes they are here and yes they can be used for general usage but mass adoption and or understanding is still some way off.

Once we understand the potential and as consumers we can see the way this will enhance our lives then this Mixed Reality world will start to take off.


However in the last year people are starting to talk about a new term, “Mixed Reality” or MR. Google Trends shows a five fold increase in searches on Mixed Reality over the last year, and the term is appearing in more and more marketing material. One manufacturer is even proudly saying that they are producing the world’s first “Mixed Reality” display, apparently unaware that Cannon has been selling MR systems for almost a decade. However like any term captured by marketing there is some confusion about what Mixed Reality really is. What is a Mixed Reality display? What is a MR experience? How is MR related to AR or VR?

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