Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality (XR)

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are cutting-edge fields that revolutionize human perception and interaction with the digital world. Augmented Reality overlays computer-generated information onto the real-world environment, enhancing users’ experiences by providing additional context or interactive elements through devices like smartphones or AR glasses. This technology has applications ranging from gaming and navigation to education and healthcare. On the other hand, Virtual Reality immerses users in entirely computer-generated environments, isolating them from the physical world through specialized headsets. VR is widely utilized in gaming, simulations, and training scenarios, offering users a sense of presence in artificial environments. Both AR and VR share common threads in computer graphics, human perception, and interaction design, requiring expertise from fields like computer science, engineering, psychology, and design. As these technologies continue to advance, they hold significant potential to reshape various industries and transform how individuals engage with digital content and the surrounding world. The newest technologies provide a “hybrid” interface, namely Mixed Reality (MR), which provides a novel term that involves all these interaction methods: Extended Reality (XR). The VisionLab works in the following fields of XR:

  • Natural Interaction
  • Education/Teaching
  • Behaviour Analysis
  • Cultural Heritage