Immersive design comes in a few forms:
Augmented reality (AR) is an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device such as a camera on a smartphone. When an Autodesk Gallery exhibit overlays contour lines on a pile of real sand, that's augmented reality.
On the other hand, virtual reality (VR) is an artificial world consisting of images and sounds created by a computer that is affected by the actions of a person experiencing it. Most first-person video games are examples of virtual reality and typically require special hardware like a headset or holder for a smartphone. So unlike augmented reality, in virtual reality, everything is virtual instead of real.
As one can guess, mixed reality (MR) MR is a hybrid of AR and VR. Using MR, you can touch a real object and use it as an interface to manipulate a digital model. MR covers the portion of the continuum between the completely real environment and the completely virtual environment. Years ago, there was an MR exhibit in the Autodesk Gallery where visitors moved chess-like pieces to manipulate CAD models.
Though most of this technology is not new, it has certainly seen improvement and an increase in popularity of late. In response, Autodesk has created new content on the Autodesk website:
So check it out and get immersed.
Immersive design is alive in the lab.