Key Distinctions Among AR, VR, and MR

CIO Review Europe | Monday, March 22, 2021

The main difference is that VR users have a fully virtual experience, while AR users have virtual elements attached to their real-world experience. These added virtual elements can be interacted with by MR users during their real-world interactions.

FREMONT, CA: The terms Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) are becoming increasingly common. They are technologies that incorporate virtual and real-world components. Today, these innovations have a massive effect on human-computer interaction because they merge the real and virtual worlds in different ways, allowing users to experience them in new ways.

These three types of realities are becoming a more desired part of our everyday lives due to contemporary society's advances and new demands, as well as investments and leading intervention from the mass media and technology companies. However, the concepts AR, VR, and MR remain to be confused.

What Is the Difference Between AR, VR, and MR?

Although they are all persuasive technologies with the same primary goal of connecting the virtual world to humans, they each have their own unique characteristics. The main difference is that VR users have a fully virtual experience, while AR users have virtual elements attached to their real-world experience. These added virtual elements can be interacted with by MR users during their real-world interactions.

Another distinction is that while VR and AR have become much more available to single users in the last decade, and as one sees more adaptations every day, MR is still used mainly by large corporations. Mobile devices can run most VR and AR software, but MR needs more computing power.

With advances and experiments in computer-aided design, AR environments are becoming more realistic. VR experiences are also not really compelling. Simultaneously, because AR never disconnects users from the real world, it provides a more realistic experience, and MR experiences are the most realistic. With MR, humans and computers are more integrated so they can respond to each other's actions.

They are all promising technologies that will soon carry human-computer interaction to a new stage, considering their similarities and differences. Whether they combine their powers or solely prosper in their range, it is inevitable to implement them in the work environments and daily lives.

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