Augmented Reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.

A great example of this would be an empty room yet being able to use digital technology to see how it would look in a different color with different furnishings before actually purchasing them. Sound graphics and other sensory input can to make the experience more realistic.

As AR exist on top of our world it provides as much freedom as you are given within your normal life. AR utilise your existing reality and adds to it using a device of some sort. Mobile and tables are the most popular medium of AR now; through the camera, the apps pt an overlay of digital content into the environment. Custom headsets are also being used. As a popular AR example, there are Pokemon Goa and Snapchat’s new AR emojis.

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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.

It means placing new imagery within a real space in such a way that the new imagery can interact, to an extent, with what is real in the physical world we know. Mixed reality allows you to get a better sense of realism as the digital scenarios take place in the real world surroundings. This can be used in training and gaming technology.

The key characteristic of MR is that the synthetic content and the real- worlds content are able to react to each other in real time.

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