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Extended Reality (XR): How It Is Different from AR and VR

Extended Reality (XR): How It Is Different from AR and VR
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Written by Prachi Subhedar

Extended Reality  

The term “extended reality” (XR) refers to all technologies that change or improve how you perceive the outside world. All XR technologies enhance our perception of reality by producing an immersive experience or fusing the virtual and “real” worlds. 

Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), and any future immersive technologies are all included under the umbrella category of XR. 

Virtual Reality  

Virtual reality (VR) refers to a three-dimensional, computer-generated environment that a human may explore and interact with. Through a head-mounted display or virtual reality (VR) headset, that individual is completely submerged within this virtual environment, providing them with a 360-degree vision of a synthetic world. With the use of headphones and a superb VR experience, you can fool your brain into thinking that you are miles away from where you are. 

Many people are familiar with virtual reality (VR) thanks to head-mounted gadgets like the Oculus Quest, HTC Vive, or Google Cardboard. 

Augmented Reality  

AR doesn’t provide the same level of total immersion as VR does. Instead, AR improves your perception of the real world by superimposing computer-generated content like images, text, and animation on top of what you see. 

These days, this technique is frequently utilized in smartphone augmented reality applications that necessitate the user holding their phone in front of them. The app may display contextual information that seems to be in the actual environment by getting a picture from the camera and processing it in real-time. 

Pokémon Go and Snapchat filters let you wear virtual hats or spectacles on your head as part of AR experiences and games. 

Final Words  

Immersive media or digital content users see from a first-person perspective, includes VR, AR, and XR. The pillars of immersive media are “virtual reality” (VR) and “augmented reality” (AR). Extended reality (XR) has recently become a popular term. Using technologies like VR and AR, the metaverse will be accessible. 

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Prachi Subhedar

Prachi Subhedar is the Author and Copy Writer. Driven by curiosity and creativity, she takes pride in developing engaging and insightful content at various knowledge-sharing fronts of the company. Her passion for expressing & delivering knowledge about any topic brings her value to fulfill the organization’s content goals.

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