Extended reality (XR) is an umbrella term that refers to all real-world experiences that are enhanced or extended by technology. This includes virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR). XR can be used for entertainment, education, training, and work.
Virtual Reality (VR) is an experience that is completely virtual. No part of it, except perhaps audio, exists in Augmented reality is the addition of digital elements to the real world. With AR, you can see the real world around you, but with added elements that are generated by a computer.
Mixed reality is a blend of virtual and augmented reality. With MR, you can see both the real world and the virtual world at the same time. This allows you to interact with digital objects in the same space as physical objects.
All of these technologies are considered extended reality because they allow you to experience the world in a different way. They can provide new and exciting ways to learn, work, and play.
Examples of extended reality are all around us. VR headsets allow you to experience a virtual world, AR apps let you see digital elements in the real world, and MR headsets let you interact with both the real and virtual worlds at the same time.
The Microsoft HoloLens allows you to see 3D digital objects in the real world
Google Glass, which displays information such as text messages and directions on a small screen above your right eye
Oculus Rift, a VR headset that immerses you in a virtual world
Samsung Gear VR, a VR headset that uses your smartphone as its display
HTC Vive, a VR headset that allows you to walk around in a virtual world
Pokémon GO, an AR game that lets you catch Pokémon in the real world
Jurassic World Alive, an AR game where you can look for dinosaurs in your backyard
The Walking Dead: Our World, an MR game where you fight zombies in the real world
Starbucks xR, an AR app that lets you see what your drink will look like before you order it
IKEA Place, an AR app that lets you see how furniture from IKEA would look in your home