Mixed Reality and exciting headsets

27 Jul 2020

In order to write about mixed reality, it is important to know its technical definition. It is in fact a merging of two worlds in order to produce new and unique environments where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.  This provides endless innovative possibilities to dozens of industries, such as healthcare, manufacturing and architecture, to name a few. Imagine the possibility of you standing virtually next to a colleague of yours who needs your help, while you are miles aways in a different country, or drawing virtually a schematics for a meeting in real time while your colleagues give you live input. Sounds pretty unbelievable but this can all be achieved with mixed reality hence to be one of the biggest innovative concepts of all time.  

In this article we will explore three mixed reality headsets that could provide you these commodities, such as Microsoft Hololens 2, Magic Leap and Nreal Light.

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Microsoft Hololens 2 for a unique mixed reality experience

is probably the most well-known mixed reality headset in the market and it’s said to be one of the most ergonomic and therefore, very comfortable to wear. Their field of view and main hardware has one of the fastest Snapdragon chips. Their gesture tracking and recognition is capable of recognizing unexpected, more natural gestures which is a pretty outstanding achievement. The device itself has a Cortana speech recognition feature with eye-tracking capabilities and an iris scanner for faster authentication process. This mixed reality device is not yet commercially used but it could indeed open a whole new set of possibilities to some of the world’s biggest industries. Factories for example could benefit greatly from Hololens 2, especially if they are trying to innovate and acquire more effective machines to produce their products. Hololens 2 can portray real life like prototypes of the same machines they are trying to buy and place them in their real environment to pre-test them in a more effective way, saving both time and money. Demo kits can be pre-order only by professional developers and big companies, costing around 3000$, 

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Magic Leap – the biggest competitor

This mixed reality headset is particularly known for having a built-in audio set and it connects to a main device called Lightpack. This device recognizes the room you’re in, as in, corners, curves, ceilings as well as edges and surfaces so that apps can interact much more naturally in your surroundings. around you. This creates a highly realistic experience which is extremely appealing to the user. The graphics are also extremely life-like which is perfect for gaming addicts. The pressure sensitive trackpad is also something worth mentioning as it responds to even the slightest touch, increasing the amount of control you have in your hands. There is also something very surprising and interesting about this mixed reality headset, imagine you are playing a game where you get hit by a monster, you get to, not only to see it but also feel the interaction, which is quite remarkable. This is also a great asset to the medical industry as it can create real organ prototypes in real time in their real environment. The whole package can be purchased to conventional consumers for a sum of 2,295$.

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Nreal Light mixed reality glasses

They are almost designed to replace your common day-to-day sunglasses, it only weighs 88g which makes it very easy to consistently wear it. The display has a 52° field of view which is incredible in comparison to some headsets in the market. It’s said it took the company 855 days to develop this unique piece of technology and the whole concept about it was to be easy and light.

This mixed reality device works with a SLAM-based (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) environmental understanding. This is also combined with plane detection, image tracking and 6DoF (6 degrees of freedom) like in most VR headset controllers. The mixed reality glasses have an individual computing power, this way they can display more content, more complex forms and guarantee unique experience. This device is the cheapest in the market costing just 499$ for ordinary consumers and 1199$ for developers. 

 

We can conclude that mixed reality is a very unique and innovative industry that can help dozens of sectors and can indeed create unique experiences for their users. 

If you wish to know more about AR/VR please check our website: https://swisstomato.ch/developpement-application-mobiles-suisse-lausanne-geneve/applications-de-realite-augmentee-et-de-realite-virtuelle-2/

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