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On the trail of modern Mixed Reality devices

How to seamlessly merge real and virtual worlds? Witness the revolution of interaction and engagement thanks to modern Mixed Reality devices, blurring the boundaries of perception.

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Enhanced levels of immersion

Modern mixed reality devices are advancing rapidly, providing users with immersive experiences and a range of new features. Two primary technologies are used in these devices to merge virtual and real-world environments.


See-through technology employs transparent displays to superimpose digital content onto the real world, allowing users to delve into augmented reality experiences. This technology offers numerous advantages, including an immersive environment, reduced latency, a wider field of view, and enhanced depth perception. However, there are certain challenges to overcome, such as intricate design requirements, potential trade-offs in image quality, and the quest for realistic occlusion effects.


Passthrough technology operates by utilizing cameras on the mixed reality device to capture real-world video. This video is then displayed on the device's screen, allowing users to see the real world while wearing the device. In comparison to see-through technology, it offers a more affordable option and the capability to achieve realistic drop shadows. However, it comes with drawbacks such as latency, reconstruction artifacts, and the absence of real-world occlusion.

Types of modern Mixed Reality devices


Standalone headsets

Standalone headsets are fully self-contained devices that don't require a connection to a PC or console. They come with built-in sensors, processors, and displays, allowing users to experience mixed reality without any additional hardware.


Tethered headsets

Tethered headsets are connected to a PC or console, which provides the processing power and graphics necessary to create a mixed reality experience. They usually offer higher resolution displays and more advanced features than standalone headsets but come at the cost of extra hardware like a gaming PC.


Mobile devices

Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, can also be used for mixed reality experiences. They require the use of additional accessories, such as headset frames where the mobile phone can be plugged in, to enable mixed reality functionality.


Smart Glasses

Smart glasses are a type of mixed reality device that can be worn like a regular pair of glasses. They project digital content onto the lenses, creating a mixed reality experience without obstructing the user's view of the real world.


A variety of use cases

Mixed reality technology offers unique opportunities across various industries, enhancing user experiences and providing cost savings through early testing and optimization. For gaming and entertainment, mixed reality offers immersive experiences, with games like “Pokemon Go” showcasing the potential for interactive and engaging gameplay. In education and training, mixed reality provides hands-on learning experiences and simulations, such as medical training and virtual assembly lines. In healthcare, mixed reality aids in diagnostics, treatments, and rehabilitation, while also improving mental health therapies. Retail and e-commerce benefit from mixed reality by enabling customers to preview products and visualize them in their environment, enhancing the shopping experience. In manufacturing, mixed reality enhances productivity, training, and remote assistance. Lastly, in design fields like architecture and product design, mixed reality allows for immersive visualization and simulation, reducing errors and enhancing project efficiency.

A glimpse into further immersive experiences

At Reply, we are working to provide best in-class experiences leveraging the strengths of each device type. Take a look at our whitepaper to discover the potential of mixed reality and deepen the applications in the different industries.

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