Mixed reality (MR) is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations, where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time. Mixed reality does not exclusively take place in either the physical or virtual world, but is a hybrid of reality and virtual reality, encompassing both augmented reality and augmented virtuality via immersive technology.[2]

Needless to say, different types of devices are required to experience these two forms of mixed reality:

  • Holographic devices

These headsets have translucent glasses that allow you to perfectly see your surroundings. Virtual experiences are created with the help of holograms. That’s how Microsoft HoloLens 2 works.

  • Immersive devices

These headsets have non-translucent displays that completely block out the real world (just like VR headsets) and use cameras for tracking. Windows mixed reality headsets from Acer and HP work this way.