Demystifying Mixed Reality

Mixed reality is the result of blending the real world with the digital world to produce new environments and visuals.

The key term for mixed reality, or MR, is flexibility. It tries to combine the best aspects of both VR and AR.

There are various MR headsets one of which is Microsoft HoloLens. This is an example of how it can be used within education, An Evolution for Education.

The Untold Story of Magic Leap, this example is a startup experimenting with what MR could be capable of.

MR is in its early stages. However, it’s not impossible to imagine a future where this content will be able to react to and even interact with the real world in some way.

Mixed Reality

Can provide a much more engaging experience for students.

360/VR/AR What’s the difference?

360 video offers a spherical view of the world. During playback the viewer has control of the viewing direction.

Virtual Reality (VR) places the user inside an experience, which can be viewed using a headset. The cheaper headsets include Google Cardboard, Google Daydream and Samsung Gear. The expensive ones are Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Augmented Reality (AR) is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Unlike VR, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it.

Apps to try out:



NYT VR – New York Times

BBC Taster VR




IKEA Place

I have been involved in creating a VR experience for Studio Directing. You can come along to the BBC’s Blue Room at The Mailbox in Birmingham, and try it out on the Oculus Rift, or try the online version:

Then there is Mixed Reality (MR) which we’ll cover in another blog post.

Gadget Show Live 2015

I attended The Gadget Show Live. There were a lot of drones, great for videos that we’re creating for our learning programmes. Go Pro cameras, which we have recently purchased for filming in the team. We’re looking at creating a video channel with engineer recorded footage.

A lot of talk about Smart watches, not so many early adopters as yet. But, you need a phone as well as a watch! Also culturally it’s rude to look at your watch whilst talking to someone.

Smart glasses were demoed, Google Glass has been phased out. The Epson Moverio looks awesome. My team at HomeServe are currently experimenting with Google Cardboard. Virtual learning with our engineer population would be good.

3D printers are more readily available, not too sure on how to utilise one currently. Apart from creating 3D houses as our business is a home assistance company.

A few companies offering motion sensors to create a smart home. Similar to Hive. Homeserve are experimenting with the Tado system,

Did anyone else attend the show this year? Your thoughts about the show?