Scott Murphy AVG Blog June 22, 2020

Extended Reality: VR / AR / MR

The world of extended reality has long been the stuff of sci-fi. Today, very real tech lets human and machines interact in combined real and virtual environments.



Science Strikes Back: Extended Reality

June 22, 2020 | Scott Murphy

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Deep Tech Focus #1 – Extended Reality

Defining the Space

The world of ER — extended reality — has long been the stuff of sci-fi. Today’s very real tech lets human and machines interact via computers and wearables in combined real and virtual environments. Some definitions and examples that help bring ER to life.

  • Virtual reality is an immersive experience where you step into a computer-generated experience that can be real, fantasy, or a mix of both. An immersive role-playing computer game or virtual scuba-diving expedition are just two examples of VR.
  • Augmented reality is a layer of content over the real world, without intermixing. An example of uses: Trying on makeup or sneakers virtually by putting a digital overlay of the product on the user’s photos.
  • Mixed reality is a blend of synthetic content layered over the real world—where the two layers can interact. One example is surgeons using an ultrasound overlay on top of their patient, with that overlay being moved/manipulated to guide the procedure.

 

Applications and Benefits

The entertainment aspect of the technology is the tip of the iceberg here. As the technologies improve, applications will be seen in retail, education, training, travel, safety, healthcare, the military, and more.

The benefits of extended reality include:

  • Greater accessibility and convenience
  • More memorable, satisfying, and complete experiences
  • Increased safety, reduced risks
  • Lower costs
  • Increased efficiency and effectiveness

 

Innovations in the Wings

  • The technologies will become more usable, immersive (appealing to all senses), affordable, and less of a nuisance to wear.
  • Consumers will enjoy shopping, learning, and experiencing through the technology.
  • Professionals across all industries can improve their skills through virtual training and trial runs.
  • Reality technology will improve auto safety, service, and shopping.

 

In Our Portfolio

AVG Portfolio Companies in the Extended Reality Space

These are just a few of our portfolio companies advancing the tech of extended reality:

  • Strivr is a VR software platform that allows large organizations to run simulated training programs for its employees covering any situations they may encounter on the job.
  • Emerge is a consumer platform enabling the next level of human presence and connection, with a first product that leverages sight, sound, and the sense of touch in XR and digital communications.
  • Massless is a VR-enabled development platform for creative professionals.
  • Medivis is a medtech company that uses augmented reality and AI to facilitate advanced medical imaging and surgical visualization.

 

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