Virtual reality (VR), which can be referred to as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated reality, replicates an environment that simulates a physical presence in places in the real world or an imagined world, allowing the user to interact in that world.STANDARD VR
Immersive videos, which are more recently known as 360° videos or 360-degree videos, are video recordings of a real-world scene, where the view in every direction is recorded at the same time. During playback the viewer has control of the viewing direction.COMPUTER-GENERATED VR
CG VR is VR content that is computer-generated (i.e. not real-world). CG VR is an immersive experience created entirely from computer-generated content. CG VR can be either pre-rendered and therefore not reactive – in this way it is very similar to 360° video – or rendered in real time using a games engine.360° VIDEO AND CG HYBRID
There is also a third type of VR, which is a hybrid between 360° video and CG, where an immersive experience is created using a blend of both content types. Much like in the film industry today there’s no real name for this ‘third way’ of creation, but audiences are used to the concept of visuals being created using a combination of both real-world and CG content. Some of the most exciting VR content being created today sits in this third category.
VR can be used in the workplace to familiarize workers with an unknown or dangerous environment without
physically placing them in the environment.
Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world
environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.WHAT IS MIXED REALITY (MR)?
Mixed reality (MR) – sometimes referred to as hybrid reality – is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualisations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.HARDWARE ASSOCIATED WITH AR/MR
Hardware associated with mixed reality includes Microsoft’s HoloLens, which is set to be big in MR – although Microsoft have dodged the AR/MR debate by introducing yet another term: “holographic computing”.
AR can be used in the workplace to give employees titbits of information at crucial times. Examples
include an automated checklist that works with object recognition.