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May 1, 2018

Mixed Reality - See the Unseen

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Mixed Reality - See the Unseen

Mixed reality is around for quite some time and it is very exciting to see things or visualize information with the real world. As a kid when I used to saw sci-fi movies, I personally never thought someday this is going to be the reality. Nowadays, there are tremendous ongoing changes in technology. And with this speed, I guess in future everything would be wearable and mobile phones, Television, Computers, PC games will be history.

What is Mixed Reality?

Mixed reality (MR), sometimes referred to as hybrid reality.It is the merging of real & virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time. This blended environment becomes your canvas, where you can create and enjoy a wide range of experiences.Mixed reality is really fascinating and startups are aggressively working on this new technology. We will see some of the offerings by various companies.


How interaction happens in Mixed Reality?

As a human, we interact by showing Expressions(Face-Eyes), Gesture, and Voice. In Mixed reality system as well, interactions are done in the same way, we humans interact with each other i.e. 

Eye Gaze

Voice Commands

Now, let see the offerings by, some of the major players in the world of Mixed Reality.

1. Microsoft - HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens is made up of specialized components that together enable holographic computing. The optical system that works in lock-step with advanced sensors. The HPU that makes light work of processing a large amount of data per second. All those components enable you to move freely and interact with holograms.
  1. Introductory price : $3,000
  2. Development SDK and Community: Click Here

2. MagicLeap - Magic Leap One Creator Edition

Magic Leap startup company that is working on a head-mounted virtual retinal display, called Magic Leap One, which superimposes 3D computer-generated imagery over real-world objects.
Magic Leap was founded by Rony Abovitz in 2010 and has raised $1.4 billion from a list of investors including Google and China's Alibaba Group. In December 2016 Forbes estimated that Magic Leap was worth $4.5 billion. On December 20, 2017, the company announced its first product by revealing pictures and promising a 2018 release for the Magic Leap One headset

  1. Price : Between $1,500 and $2,000 (Unofficial)
  2. Development SDK and Community: Click Here 

Meta - The Meta 2

Meta is a Silicon Valley company known for making augmented reality products. Their products include the Meta 1 Developer Kit and the Meta 2 Development Kit. They combine real-world technology with holographic images, and unlike the Oculus Rift, which is completely virtual, Meta is still transparent and the real world can still be seen.It was founded by Meron Gribetz. Gribetz thought of starting Meta while studying neuroscience and computer science at Columbia University under the tutelage of Steven Feiner.
  1. Pricing $1,495
  2. Development SDK and Community: Click Here

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Gif Image Credits: Microsoft Hololens Site
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