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Mixed reality and the future of work

March 23, 2021

Mixed reality and the future of work
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Mixed reality will completely revolutionize the way you learn and collaborate. And it’s not as far off as you think.
In episode 185 of B2B Tech Talk, Travis King is joined by Mike Mason, business transformation engineer at Ingram Micro to discuss:


  • The differences between virtual, augmented and mixed reality
  • The potential uses for mixed reality
  • What to consider when bringing mixed reality into your business

Differences between virtual, augmented and mixed reality

Virtual, augmented and mixed reality are generally combined under the umbrella term, extended reality. But there are differences between them.

  • Virtual reality: With virtual reality, you put on VR goggles and you are fully immersed in a world created for you. This is the most developed extended reality application with many use cases including gaming.
  • Augmented reality: Augmented reality adds virtual objects to your physical world usually through a smartphone or tablet. For example, you can see what furniture will look like in a physical space.
  • Mixed reality: Mixed reality takes augmented reality a step further. Virtual data—holograms or other pieces of information—are inserted into a physical environment but these objects can be manipulated. As Mike describes it, “You have the physical world and the virtual world converging and interacting with each other.”


Potential uses for mixed reality

Mike sees the true potential for mixed reality existing where multiple people work together within a virtual world. Everyone sees the same thing and they’re manipulating objects at the same time.
Design: Rather than building a physical prototype in, say, automotive design for example, and inviting stakeholders over to view it, you can build the prototype virtually and everyone can explore it in a virtual world.
It will accelerate your speed to value and allow you to go through iterations faster.
Education: In the classroom, a teacher could use the headset to share a vision with students that everyone can manipulate. For kinesthetic learners, it creates the ability to interact with the object.

2 things to consider when implementing mixed reality


  1. Services: Companies like Google, Microsoft, and PTC have created applications and components for applications that leverage mixed reality. So you’ll need to consider which service offers you the best building blocks for your use case.
  2. Define the opportunity: Speaking of use cases, another consideration is identifying the right opportunities and the right people to use the technology so you gain value from it. That value could come from reducing travel, site visits or improving training.


Learn more about Ingram Micro’s Business Transformation Center.