Mixed Reality is the merging of real world and
virtual worlds to produce new environments where physical and digital
objects can co-exist and interact in real-time. It is a derivative
of virtual reality, consisting of a mix of augmented reality, augmented
virtuality and virtual reality.
Combining a variety of 3D modelling, tracking, haptic feedback,
interface, simulation, rendering
and display techniques, mixing realities can be a complex process
at the very cutting edge of today’s technology.
Mixed Reality is a topic of much research, having been adopted
by a number of applications, including the arts and entertainment
industries. Examples include: EyeToy, BAMZOOKi, FightBox and mixed
reality pong, Ars Electronica.
The term Mixed Reality is often used interchangeably with Augmented
Reality and so is often considered to be equivalent, however,
this is not always true.