Augmented reality (AR) Is different from VR. With AR, computer-generated images are shown over the real world, so that you can observe both at the same time. In VR you only see the computer generated environment.
What is Mixed Reality?
Microsoft uses the term mixed reality (MR) in Windows 10 as an alternative to VR and AR. According to Microsoft, there are also products that are in between VR and AR, or combine in 1 product.
These products are not available yet and mixed reality is a confusing term. Microsoft so falsely creates the illusion that they offer something “different” than AR and VR. The MR glasses from Acer, Dell, Lenovo, HP and Samsung are just VR glasses. The Microsoft HoloLens, on the other hand, is AR glasses. Rent a tablet (translated to Dutch: tablet huren) and connect the tablet to your VR glasses to check all latest videos you made with your new AR or VR glasses.
What can you do with virtual reality?
Virtual Reality makes all kinds of experiences possible that you cannot just have in real life. For example, an excursion to a distant country without actually traveling. You can also use things that you normally don’t have, such as driving around in a car that has yet to be produced.
There are many more applications, such as:
- Entertainment: computer games, concerts, movies and sporting events.
- Attractions: team outings, amusement parks, gaming halls, VR cinemas and VR museums.
- Photos and videos: 360 degree photos and videos of your friends and family.
- Healthcare: for example in rehabilitation, in the treatment of psychological complaints and in the case of fear of flying and fear of heights.
- Training: For example, to practice public speaking or to follow a virtual football training.
- Sales: Visiting homes, fundraising and trying out products.
- Types of virtual reality products
There are 3 types of virtual reality products:
- VR holders where you put your smartphone. The smartphone then functions as a computer and screen. Examples are the Samsung Gear VR and the Google Cardboard.
- VR glasses with their own screen that does not require a smartphone. You connect it (wirelessly) to a powerful laptop or desktop or to a PlayStation. Examples are the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and the PlayStation VR.
- VR glasses such as the Oculus Go and Oculus Quest that do not require a smartphone or computer. Everything you need is in the glasses themselves. Rent a Oculus Go (translated to Dutch: Oculus go huren) to experience new VR glasses!