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Connecting The Dots Between AR, VR and MR

A number of technologies attempt to change the way we spot our reality whether it involves in penetrating into the virtual world or augmenting a prevailing one in an interactive and realistic way. The IT sector is growing at a fast pace with upcoming technologies transfiguring various businesses and acting as an impetus for transformation and acceleration.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality apps have been in the limelight for a spell, but there has been a new lad known by the name ‘Mixed Reality’ that has been gaining a lot of attention recently from tech enthusiasts, market analyst and alike. This new technology is menacing to turn the gaming industry upside down.

1. The dedicated augmented reality device market is expected to reach $659.98 million by 2018.

2. The dedicated immersive virtual reality device market is expected to reach $407.51 million by 2018. (Source: Markets and Markets)

3. AR/VR could hit $150bn in revenue by 2020, with AR taking around $120 billion and VR $30 billion. (Source: Digi-Capital)

4. 24 million virtual reality and augmented reality devices are expected to be sold in 2018.

5. More than 12 million virtual reality headsets will be sold in 2017, with sales of augmented reality smart glasses expected to be worth $1.2 billion in the same year. (Source: CCS Insight)

6. By 2018 the virtual reality market could reach $7 billion, with $2.3 billion from the VR hardware market and $4.7 billion from software.

7. Sales of virtual head-mounted displays (HMDs) could grow from 200,000 to “about 39 million in 5 years”. (Source: Sophic Capital)

8. Blippar is one of the world’s best-known augmented reality companies. Earlier this year it confirmed a $45 million funding round. Source: Blippar(Source: Blippar)

Before getting into the depths about the differences between Virtual (VR), Augmented (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) we need to know the fact that these three are actually interconnected and not different. Among the three, VR is the most well-known but last year with the launch of Pokémon Go, AR has gained its popularity. Since VR deals only with the virtual world AR is actually an admixture of the real and virtual world. As the name suggests, AR is the ‘enhancement’ or ‘augmentation’ of the real world with an inclusion of digital elements something that a Pokémon Go player will know too well.

To simplify, it is a blend of Real and Virtual surroundings to build new visualizations where people and real-life objects coexist and interact with creatures, devices and landscapes in the digital world. It is also known as Hybrid Reality. A unique feature of Mixed Reality is that it allows its users to move through the real and virtual world both at the same time and with ease.

Mixed Reality is expected to be pitched as a gaming podium in its early days. However, it has not limited itself to the gaming podium but has also been integrated into various applications in a large variety of industries including entertainment, healthcare, aviation and education, manufacturing and similar others. It is also being tested by military authorities for combat training by various nations.

MR vs VR:
VR had been promoted as the next big thing in consumer tech which somehow failed to capture the imagination of consumers the way smartphones have been doing over the past decades. The giant key players of VR are Facebook, HTC, Sony, who have highly invested in new technology with devices like PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift.

So, what exactly is VR and how is it different from its two cousins?

Virtual Reality – A technology that uses computer-generated images to create a realistic virtual environment, which can be experienced and interacted with by people in the real world thereby making them feel that they are actually a part of the virtual setup. Specialized equipment is required to experience VR. Once you get the set up you will be able to look around the artificial world generated by the software, move about in it and interact with virtual elements giving you the feel like as if you really were a part of the virtual world.

VR creates an environment or surrounding that is entirely artificial while MR unifies real objects with virtual elements. Part or bits of Mixed Reality is actually ‘real’ while Virtual Reality has nothing connected to reality.

MR vs AR:
Now that we are aware of the difference between Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality let’s have a look at the difference between Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality.

About two years ago Milgram and Kishino defined Mixed Reality: “MR lies anywhere between the extrema Virtuality Continuum” To simplify the tech jargons we can say that Mixed Reality encircles everything from Augmented Virtuality to Augmented Reality which are the two terminuses of the tech world.

As the name suggests Augmented Reality is one end of the Mixed reality spectrum. It includes more of ‘reality’ than ‘virtuality’ whereas ‘Augmented Virtuality’ is all about the virtual world that is ‘augmented’ by the inclusion of real world objects.

Healthcare: Ranging from 3-D operating theatre to decentralized mental health treatments, AR and VR are thought to have widespread applications. Virtual organ models help surgeons prepare well for delicate surgeries.

Branding & Marketing: VR and AR are known to save time and money in zones like design reviews, client presentations, collaborations etc. Marketing and branding communication expressed through a VR or AR headset is likely to be highly effectual. This is because the experience is highly engaging, personalized and devoid of any distractions.

Entertainment: VR headsets have been a blessing for the inventors of video games. The reason for this is because they provide new opportunities for hypnotic content.

Education: VR and AR could transfigure the education market through hypnotic learning in both primary and higher education.

Mixed Reality promises to bring the best of Virtual and Augmented reality by blending advanced optics, motion sensors and cutting-edge software. It will open a whole new world of possibilities by bringing games, apps and interactions that we are yet to experience.

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6 Cozy Cocktails From The Plants In Your Garden

‘Tis the season to cosy up to the fireplace with a drink in your hand. Whether you’re staying in for the night or hosting a holiday soiree, these garden cocktails are the perfect addition to your night! Take your party to the next level with one of these signature drinks.

Pineapple and Rosemary Crush
Pineapple symbolises hospitality and guests will feel especially welcomed as they sip on this yummy drink while in your home. The sweet combination of pineapple and the distinct taste of rosemary come together in this easy-to-make garden cocktail.
2 chunks of pineapple
Sprig of rosemary
80 ml of sparkling wine
Ginger ale
Make It:
Mix wine, pineapple and ginger ale together.
Garnish with rosemary sprig.

Pomegranate Champagne Punch
Nothing says “let’s celebrate” like some champagne! Treat your guests—or yourself—to some bubbly with this festive punch. The pomegranate gives it just enough kick so this drink isn’t too sweet.
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 750 ml bottles chilled brut Champagne
1 1/2 cups white rum
1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice
1 large lemon, sliced
Pomegranate seeds
Fresh mint leaves
1 ice block
Make It:
Bring water and sugar to boil in small saucepan, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 5 minutes. Let cool completely.
Combine champagne, rum and pomegranate juice in a punch bowl. Add enough syrup to sweeten.
Mix in lemon slices, pomegranate seeds, and mint leaves. Add ice block to bowl.

Spiced Persimmon Old Fashioned Cocktail
This slightly sweet twist on an old classic will give you a reason to use up all those persimmons growing in the orchard. The bright colour and sweetness of the persimmon make this a pretty and tasty garden cocktail.

1/4 medium ripe Fuyu persimmon diced, ends trimmed and discarded
1/8 orange
2 to 3 tsp. pure maple syrup
2 oz. rye or whisky
4 dashes orange bitters
1 (3 inch) cinnamon stick for garnish

Make it:
Combine persimmon, orange, and maple syrup in an a lowball glass and muddle enough to bruise the orange and start to break up the persimmon.
Add the ice, rye or whisky, and orange bitters.
Grate a touch of the cinnamon over the top then stir with the cinnamon stick until chilled through.
Clementine Bay Leaf Cocktail
Clementines are plentiful this season and so delicious and juicy. Take those clementines you get in your Christmas stocking and whip up this yummy drink.
6 to 8 clementines or 4 tangerines
3 oz. dark rum
Juice of one lemon
6 bay leaves, 2 for muddling and 4 for garnish
Make it:
Muddle two of the bay leaves in a mason jar using a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler. Slice and squeeze the lemon and all of the clementines.
Add the juice and rum into the jar with the muddled bay leaves.
Shake well and pour over ice. Garnish with the remaining bay leaves.
Cucumber Lime Punch
This refreshing cocktail will taste as fresh as a garden and have you rejuvenated for all those holiday parties.
1 cup rum
1 Cucumber, thinly sliced
2 limes, thinly sliced
1 cup water
12 oz. can limeade concentrate, thawed
1 liter club soda
Fresh mint
Make it:
Add rum, cucumber, lime, water, and lime concentrate to a small punch bowl or pitcher and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
Add cold club soda and ice just before serving.
Slap mint leaves between your hands before adding.
Bloody Scary
Bloody Marys are a great way to use fresh ingredients from your garden. This one incorporates tomato, lemon and Thai chiles for a spicy take on this cocktail favourite.
1 large heirloom tomato (8 oz. chopped)
1/2 cup potato vodka such as Blue Ice
1 tsp. grated fresh horseradish
Juice from 1 lemon
Green olives
Long Thai chile
Make it:
Whirl heirloom tomato in a blender until smooth. Strain into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice.
Add potato vodka, grated fresh horseradish, and lemon juice and shake to blend. Strain into 2 highball glasses.
To garnish each glass, thread 3 pitted green olives onto a long Thai chile and set over glass
Garden cocktails are more unique and adventurous than ever before. You can grow a range of herbs, vegetables and fruits with the idea of making a perfect concoction with your home grown ingredients. After all, the only thing better than a cocktail, is a fresh cocktail with ingredients from your own garden. Let us know what your favourite winter cocktail is. Leave a comment on Facebook or Instagram showcasing your yummy drink. Use the #geraniumrozanne so Rozanne can get ideas for her next garden party!