From everyday life to “The Matrix,” everything in between comprises our spectrum of reality. Our senses define our path from real to virtual, completing our sense of immersion once our human faculties are activated. The path from a real environment to a virtual environment crosses a mixed reality plane of augmented information, comprising the virtuality-continuum. The alignment of our senses is just one way to catalog and determine the successfulness of an immersive experience or mixed reality.
Perception is Reality. But Do You Understand Perception?
In 1994, Professor Paul Milgram and his colleagues coined the term “reality-virtuality continuum.” This spectrum defines the relationship between real and virtual objects and the spaces they inhabit. Understanding the reality spectrum serves many purposes. Knowing the differences between immersive technologies gives us the ability to examine the components of real and virtual worlds in order to produce new environments and data visualizations. When the hybrid of physical and digital objects co-exist and interact with each other in real time, mixed reality comes to life. However the due diligence of research must be done in order to create a healthy, positive experience.