Mixed reality combines the real world and the virtual world. The term mixed reality includes all combinations of reality with the virtual world. That means that virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and augmented virtuality (AV) are all parts of mixed reality. The mix of these different realities opens up opportunities far beyond what is possible in the “real” world.


Here are some of the present and future applications of mixed reality:


Simulation-based learning


Some things can be learned from books, and some things should be learned by simply doing them. That’s where simulation-based learning can be useful. Some college football coaches are already using virtual reality as a means to help prepare their team’s quarterbacks for what can happen on the field. The quarterbacks wear put a device over their eyes that simulates the football field and lets them watch plays as if they are standing in the center of them.


Virtual events


Another way that mixed reality is used is to create events that guests can attend by physically showing up or by tuning in remotely. This application opens up the options for guests and can allow for much larger attendance at events. Companies could hold international conferences without enduring the cost of travel, for instance.


Tricking us into eating healthier


Obesity is a growing problem around the world. People know that they should eat healthier, but they just don’t do it. But what if eating healthier tasted better? What if mixed reality technology could make broccoli taste like chocolate? A gadget called Taste Buddy is in the works to make this a reality. The device sends out electrical and thermal signals to trick our taste buds into thinking the food we’re eating is sweeter or saltier than it actually is. Could this be a future weight loss solution for people who don’t want to bland food? It’s certainly an exciting possibility!


Virtual Speakers at events


With virtual reality, events can now feature virtual speakers. So, a speaker who can’t make it to your next event can still be there virtually. In the same way, you wouldn’t be limited to choosing living speakers. Virtual reality even makes it possible to have speakers from the past join you at your next event.


Recognizing gestures


Recognizing gestures through mixed reality is already being used in video games, such as the Wii and Xbox Kinect. You play games on those systems by making movements. As this technology advances, it will continue to be used in games and will likely reach far outside the realm of video games, including schools and workplaces.


The applications of mixed reality are much broader than what’s listed here. It can be used in the healthcare field, in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, as well as countless others. It will be fascinating for us all to watch and see how mixed reality shapes the future.