Extended Reality: A New Reality
All types of “different realities” have made an appearance these past couple of years and continue to develop as technology does. Virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. As humans, it’s natural to want to take a little time to escape from your reality and into another. It used to be books or a television series to take you out of the world we live in (and still is), but there’s no denying that 90% of individuals would rather choose a game over a book.
VR picks you completely up out of our physical world and drops you right into the one you see in your headset. Fully immersing you into the imagined world, so much that your sense of feeling grounded can be wiped away with rich visuals, sounds, feel, and more. Look over cliffs, solve heart-racing puzzles, and complete complex missions. These games can leave you sitting with a rush of adrenaline and emotions even after you’ve taken the VR headset off. Sometimes not even realizing you’ve been playing for hours and need a recharge (enter shameless NexiGo S20 plug).
Snapchat, one of the most used apps in the world and recently voted #1 among teens, has been implementing augmented reality for years. Remember the puppy dog ears and tongue? Augmented reality enhances real physical world aspects by adding in digital elements like animation, text, or images. In contrast to VR, augmented reality actually allows you to still be present in the real world. Want to find out what a piece of furniture looks like in your home? AR apps allow you to move and place furniture to see if you like it before making a purchase. No more forking out buckets of money on something you’ll absolutely hate. Or maybe you were in on the Pokemon GO hype...
Technology has come a long way in its development and continues to build and adapt along the way, we all know this. But these additions to our reality can really change what we do, the efficiency of what we do, and how we see the world (with a little fun along the way), whether you’re fishing in your dream location via VR, testing a piece of IKEA furniture with AR, or training for your career in MR.