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Augmented Virtuality (AV) Explanation

Augmented Virtuality (AV)

Last we talked about Mixed Reality (MR) and its uses. Another major use is in the MR subbranch, Augmented Virtuality (AV). AV is what most people call MR but AV is really a subbranch of MR. All AV is MR but not all MR is AV. MR can also include Augmented Reality. AV is similar to AR, but instead of a real environment with virtual assets like AR is, AV is a virtual environment with some real assets.

Graph of the Virtual Continuum
(Augmented Virtuality in Purple to show it is both MR and XR)

Picture you are in a large, empty room. There is a table across the room with a vase on it. You then put on an HMD to reveal an entirely new environment, but the table and vase are still visible. This is Augmented Virtuality.

Both AV and AR merge the real and virtual worlds to create a form of mixed or extended reality. But they do so with flipped real to virtual ratios. AR is more so real, whereas AV is more so virtual.

Augmented Virtuality integrates real-world objects in a virtual space. Green screen and video chat backgrounds are great examples of AV. This technology was especially important in 2020 because it supported and improved remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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