Mixed reality is a form of reality that has more possibilities than you might think. Let me take you into the vision of the future that I have here.

The year is 2030. You are sitting at your desk wearing glasses. This afternoon you have a meeting with the team you are working on an important project with.

The notes you see on your desk are digital objects. As you now have word files on your computer, you see them in the physical world in front of you.

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With a digital pen or a keyboard projected on the desk through the glasses you are wearing, you can add to or change the file.

When the meeting starts, people join in different ways from the digital world.

One chooses to appear in your office via a hologram. The other sends a digital version of himself and is only present in the meeting with audio.

The possibilities of this new technology are endless.

Most people don't realize yet that this digital world is getting closer and closer. And that the techniques to make this possible are already at an advanced stage.

What exactly is Mixed Reality?

We know a number of forms of Extended Reality, in which reality merges with a virtual world.

Actually, Extended Reality is the umbrella term for all forms of mixing the digital world with the physical world.

We have already discussed these shapes in other articles, but for the sake of convenience I will also list them here for you.

  • Virtual reality
    This is actually the most well-known form. We all know these from the glasses you put on that take you into a virtual environment.
  • Augmented reality
    Augmented reality is a form of extended reality in which you can use digital information in the real world.

    Consider, for example, the route you see on your screen with Google Maps, when you use the camera for this. That's augmented reality. Or the well-known Pokémon Go game, that is also augmented reality.

    Even when you can immediately use a route that is projected on your windshield through the head-up display of your car, is augmented reality.
  • Mixed reality
    Finally, we have mixed reality. Which we will discuss further in this article. In mixed reality, both worlds merge. This is how you see digital objects in the real world. You need special glasses for this. Like a Microsoft Hololens.

Virtual world

Back to the example of the stack of virtual documents on your desk. It may sound like augmented reality could do the same.

But where this technique is mainly about adding information to the real world, mixed reality goes a step further.

It is really about merging both worlds. With the right glasses on, it will be difficult to distinguish digital objects from physical objects.

Microsoft is one of the leaders in mixed reality. With their Microsoft HoloLens, of which they have now even released a second version, you can already get a taste of what mixed reality is.

In this video they give an example of how companies can use mixed reality in the future.

Here you also see that one of the big differences between augmented reality and mixed reality is in the device you use with it.

Here's what mixed reality is all about:

  • Understanding and utilizing the physical world.
    The digital objects placed in it will truly merge with the world around us.
  • Understanding people.
    In mixed reality, techniques will be applied in which people are understood by the technology through sensors and cameras. This way you can make clear what you want with gestures and movements and control the technology.
  • Understanding location and positioning.
    The technique understands where you and the technique itself are at all times.
  • Understanding location and positioning.
    The technique understands where you and the technique itself are at all times.
  • Placing 3D objects.
    Also known as a hologram. These objects are placed in the physical world when you wear the right equipment.

The technology behind Mixed Reality

We have already discussed the interfaces between augmented and mixed reality. Yet there is a big difference in the applications for both forms of reality.

MR uses cameras and sensors and smart software that knows exactly where people and objects are. In this way a digital environment can be created.

In this environment, interactions with digital objects are possible.

The technology behind this actually creates a kind of map of the environment. It records locations of people and objects. This makes it possible to communicate with digital objects as a person.

To create a realistic image you will need to keep track of the following:

  • Locations of people and the movements they make.
  • Locations of objects and their surfaces.
  • Ambient light and sound.

Only when these three things can be properly registered can you successfully create a virtual environment.

Applications

Because it is still quite difficult to create a good MR environment and relatively speaking quite a lot of computing power is still required to do this, you can say that we are still in the early stages of the possibilities in this area.

Look at what gigantic computers we used to need to do a simple math. You literally needed a classroom for that. Now we have hundreds, if not thousands of times that computing power in our pocket.

As computers become more and more powerful, mixed reality and other extended reality forms are also getting closer.

This technology is already being fully applied in our studio, but it will soon also be possible in your living room. Or in your office, as we discussed at the beginning of this article.

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We then talked about adjusting digital documents that are on your physical desk. Suppose such a document is also located in the cloud. Then you can work on this document with a colleague.

There are still more applications to consider. Consider, for example, an online training for car mechanics. They are then shown a virtual engine block where it is convenient for them to learn.

They can then tinker with this with digital tools. When they make a wrong move, they receive immediate live feedback. With a clue to where they make the mistake. Like that you now get a red field when you forget an at sign when entering your e-mail address.

Mixed Reality solutions

i! Studio has a spacious studio where virtual objects can be used in the real world. So you are in a studio with several people and can then stand behind a virtual table.

People viewing these recordings will perceive the virtual objects as if they were actually present in the physical world.

Our specialized team of technical experts knows how to give a realistic character to almost every application.

The studio is set up in such a way that you can show everything in the recording. You can show furniture and other things. You can set up the studio as you wish.

It would be a technical story if I had to explain exactly how this works. Still, I can tell you that we have developed a smarter system of a mix of cameras that work together with a number of LED panels.

These receive feedback from the computers that control the whole and thus the virtual environment is created. Special techniques are used that have been developed by our technicians.

Feel free to contact to see what we can do for you.

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