Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality as the Latest Technology Trend

The desire to step outside the ordinary borders encourages a person to create new realities. Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies have similar principles, but differ in the ways of perception and field of application. Let’s consider the latest digital technology trends more detailed.

Virtual Reality

VR is created with the help of technical means that have a direct impact on vision, hearing, and other senses. The degree of immersion and interaction with this technology depends upon the quality of VR content, which has reached new quality levels in the last few years. 

The main difference between virtual reality and other similar technologies is that there is no direct connection between the artificial world and the present. If AR introduces individual artificial elements into the surrounding reality, then VR constructs a completely new world with its own laws. By becoming a participant in an alternative being, you can embody your wildest fantasies, perform actions that are inaccessible in the real world – fly, travel across fictional universes, create various objects, etc. 

But VR is not for entertainment only.  The technology is utilized in various industries:

  • Tourism: VR provides an opportunity to visit various museums of the world without leaving the house, observe artifacts, consider microscopic objects and materials, and move to different historical eras. With the help of holography, you can digitize art objects, recreating missing or destroyed parts of the sculpture, and building. 
  • Medicine: immersion into VR can help patients remove the stress, restore limb movement during rehabilitation, treat a phobia, depression, and anxiety disorders.
  • Real estate: Over 1.5 million real estate agents use VR to showcase their assets to potential customers. The potential buyer only needs to wear the VR headset and get acquainted with all the options that the buyer is interested in without leaving their home.
  • Education. VR is an effective motivation for students: it makes the learning process more engaging and interesting. They receive the opportunity to take tours of ancient Egypt, study history of architecture, see the works of the best masters of the world, attend the construction of houses while being in the audience, 

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is a technology that allows you to introduce virtual objects into a real environment. These objects can be illusory things and characters, that provide additional information about objects in the real world. Using AR gadgets and considering real-life objects, the user can get acquainted with text descriptions of their characteristics. Or view the reconstruction of any events on a real background. A typical example of the use of AR is the popular game Pokemon Go. The user, using a smartphone or VR glasses, interacts with virtual creatures moving across a real landscape.

Unlike VR, AR technology allows a person to see the world with virtual objects imposed on the surrounding environment. Thus, AR integrates and complements the real world instead of fully replacing it. The AR technologies are often used in mobile devices and are built by means of special sensors: a gyro, magnetometer, GPS receiver.

Mixed Reality 

Often terms and reductions such as MR, VR, AR, are used as synonyms, although in fact there are a number of characteristics, according to which different “types” of reality can be easily distinguished from each other.

The way mixed reality works is different from AR, as virtual objects in it are able to act on the real world, and not only to “obey it”. With MR, it is possible to conduct training on simulations, military training without increased risks. Also, the development of applications in this area is aimed at creating an interactive environment with the full inclusion of virtual objects in reality. It is planned to involve such objects for commercial and entertainment purposes.

Mixed reality is also called a hybrid and is a world of the world, in which real and virtual worlds are combined. In MR, the real and virtual worlds are mixed; they can not be clearly delineated. The modern definition of mixed reality is considered between two “extreme points” – fully real, physical world and completely virtual, artificially created by the world of augmented or virtual reality.

 

The initial technologies of MR were developed in the 1970s and 1980s, although at that time, it wasn’t possible to implement the concept. At first, MR was developed for military and training goals. 

Implementing VR/AR Technologies 

Since these technologies are being actively utilized in different spheres today, the FPT Software team couldn’t stand aside. Our company always follows the latest digital technology trends. With a qualified team on board, you can achieve anything you wish, just as our clients’ did. See what services and solutions in VR/AR FPT Software are provided.  

AR Information System on Cloud Platform

When a Japanese company asked FPT software to provide a cloud solution for an AR information system, we couldn’t be more thrilled. Our team implemented a cloud-based ARIS that enables automatic AR production and a system that assists in responding to an emergency situation. By simultaneously detecting multiple objects from a greater distance and overlaying based on the detected objects, our customers save time and money.

VR App for Heavy Industrial

We have successfully created a VR training app for a US Research Corporation that focuses on manufacturing and semiconductor processing equipment. With the help of our app, the customer has discovered a time-saving and cost-efficient method for moving heavy and cumbersome machines. In addition, the app provides interactive learning for complex machines and optimizes the user experience.

MR Tool for Marketing and Training

The MR Hololens tool has been developed by FPT Sowtware’s expert team that focuses on immersive technologies. It has expanded our customers’ engineer’s expertise allowing them to dive into a virtual environment mixed with a real environment and interact with 3D objects. Thus, the customer managed to save costs and use the app for marketing goals by showing complex machines at presentations without having to physically move them.

Final Word

The technologies are developing rapidly, and one of our tasks is to follow novelties and learn how to use them. We at FPT Software are proud to be a part of the unstoppable VR and AR evolution. We follow the latest digital technology trends, discover new opportunities, and implement technology solutions in our clients’ projects. The FPT’s team is waiting to hear your ideas of utilizing immersive technologies and will happily make them a reality!