Mixed reality covers the entire range between the physical and the digital world, i.e. everything from virtual reality to augmented reality.
In mixed reality applications, physical and digital objects interact with each other. For example, the sensors of mixed reality glasses detect hand movements and the glasses move a digitally superimposed object accordingly.
To enable such interactions, your position and location are calculated, as are the shape and depth of your surroundings and all the elements around you. All the time. That's why mixed reality applications are so demanding in terms of software, processor and hardware, making the devices comparatively expensive.
Just like virtual reality, mixed reality is also being used in medicine: Images of patients (X-rays, etc.) are now viewed three-dimensionally and interactively with MR. This helps medical staff to better understand the images and to better prepare for treatments and operations. In the next step, physicians can better explain findings and the upcoming treatment to patients and, in some cases, ease their fears.
MR-Shopping: With mixed reality glasses, you no longer have to just imagine how the new vase looks on the table, but can place it there digitally. If you now move the table, the virtual vase moves in the same way – this is what distinguishes advanced mixed reality from augmented reality.
Whether in private or for customers, the new glasses offer a new large field of application. Here, information can be displayed and edited directly on a pair of glasses instead of on a smartphone. Gaming enthusiasts in particular will like these possibilities – just think of games like Pokémon Go, which will be integrated directly into the field of vision without a smartphone in the future.