- AR is also being used in manufacturing as a way to improve efficiency and quality control. For instance, Porsche uses AR glasses to guide assembly line workers as they put together cars.
- While AR may currently be leading the pack, it is not the only immersive technology that is gaining traction. Virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), extended reality (XR) and mesmeric reality (MX) are all Immersive Technologies that offer their own unique set of benefits and applications.
VR transports users into a completely different world – one that is entirely virtual. This makes it an ideal tool for gaming, entertainment and simulations. While VR headsets were originally designed for gaming, they are now being used for other purposes, such as training air traffic controllers and surgeons.On the other hand, MR combines the real and virtual worlds to create new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects can co-exist and interact with each other in real-time. This makes MR ideal for use cases such as product design, architectural visualization and remote collaboration.
- Like MR, XR also combines the real and virtual worlds but with the added dimension of time – past, present or future. This makes XR well suited for historical reconstruction, data visualization and predictive analytics applications.
MX Technologies merge the user’s senses with digital content to create a realistic, realistic experience to believe it to be true subconsciously. Currently, MX technologies are being used for research purposes only. Still, there is potential for it to be used for therapeutic purposes such as treating anxiety disorders or addiction in the future.
These are just some of the Immersive Technologies that are emerging today, with even more under development. As computing power increases and costs go down, we expect these technologies to become more ubiquitous in our lives – changing how we work, live and play.