In it’s simplest form, virtual reality (VR) involves tricking the mind into thinking it’s in a different, virtual environment. One second a user is in the middle of a Cirque de Soleil concert, and the next they’re skydiving 10,000 feet above the Earth!
Participants wear a headset that uses motion sensors to accurately simulate head movement within a virtual landscape. Combine the visual effects with sound, and you’re well on your way to simulating a realistic environment.
A realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, virtual reality uses interactive software and hardware controlled by the body’s own movements.
AR offers a live direct or indirect view of a physical and real-world environment in which elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input, including sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
Mixed reality pertains to the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations, where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.