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From Idea to Iteration: Working with Mixed Reality

June 25, 2021

From Idea to Iteration: Working with Mixed Reality
 
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You know how in sci-fi movies, you watch as someone uses a hologram to solve a problem? They open up a schematic of some piece of machinery, and walk themselves through the steps to diffuse a bomb, or build some machine?
 
As futuristic as it seems, that technology is here.

It’s mixed reality and it’s ready to solve all sorts of problems, from medical research to manufacturing to assembly instructions. And Eric Kamont, Director of Mixed Reality Strategic Partnerships at Microsoft, was our guest on B2B Tech Talk and talked about:
 
  • What is mixed reality and how is it different from augmented reality?
  • What problems are being solved with MR?
  • Stories of companies that have transformed themselves using MR
  • The skills and tools needed to get started on an MR journey for your business
 

What is mixed reality?

Simply put, mixed reality is the blending of the physical and digital worlds. It’s the marriage of technology and reality into one cohesive experience.
 
Whereas augmented reality is simply augmenting what you see in the real world, like the ability to place a sofa in your space virtually to see what it will look like, mixed reality is seeking to replace your human senses with digital ones and blend the worlds.
 

Real-life use cases

What would mixed reality look like in practical terms?
 
Say your dishwasher stopped working and you weren’t sure how to fix it. While you don’t want to drop a bunch of money on a new one, you’re not quite sure what to do. So you call up the company that manufactures the dishwasher for some help.
 
They tell you that although they can’t get a technician out for a few days, they could help walk you through a holographic representation of your dishwasher, pointing out to you the parts needed to be pulled, cleaned and reinserted.
 
And while that sounds far-fetched, it’s closer than you may think.
 

Solving problems

COVID has impacted all of us, and companies have had to start to pull solutions that were originally slated for 5 or 10 years in the future to the present. There is so much ambiguity with work life right now and the human nature of work has intersected with the personal.
 
And while it may seem like that technology is far off in the future, companies like Microsoft are making leaps and bounds toward a holistic, mixed reality future where you’ll be able to do things like holographically fix that dishwasher or replace that car part.

All virtually.

Sound too good to be true? You can learn more at Microsoft.com, Hololens.com or reach out to us here at Ingram Micro for more information.
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