What is XR?
Extended reality, or XR, is an umbrella term used to refer to immersive technologies that virtually enhance or simulate our real-world environment. Currently, XR is used to refer to three technologies:
Augmented Reality (AR) refers to virtual objects overlaid on the real world. This technology relies on the use of smartphones or special AR glasses that allow the user to experience both the real world and the virtual environment. Augmented reality is usually a purely visual experience and puts the user in a passive role.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a simulated, fully immersive digital environment that requires the use of an virtual reality headset. Unlike AR, the user has access to a full 360 degree environment that they may actively interact with, usually through the use of specialized VR controllers.
Mixed Reality (MR) is also known as hybrid reality. This technology is a combination of both AR and VR, and is accessed through the use of an MR headset. It allows the user to both experience the real world while also being able to interact with the digital objects or environment the simulation provides.