ANSWER: Extended Reality (XR) is an umbrella term encapsulating Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR), and everything in between. XR offers an experience for the senses, where the line between reality and the simulated world becomes blurred as you dive into another world visually, acoustically, and through tactile sensations.
XR is revolutionizing everyday consumer experiences and transforming manufacturing and other industry segments. Here are a few examples:
Retail: XR lets you try out a product before you buy it. For example, IKEA is giving customers the opportunity to place furniture and accessories in their homes using their smartphones.
Training: XR can provide hyper-realistic training tools to help soldiers, medical personnel, pilots/astronauts, chemists, and others to find solutions to problems or learn how to react to dangerous circumstances.
Remote Work: Employees can connect to their home office or to professionals around the world in a way that makes both sides feel like they are in the same room.
Entertainment and Gaming: Consumers can virtually experience live music and sporting events from the comfort of their VR headsets. Gamers can intimately feel what their selected scenes would resemble in the flesh, whether crossing into another era, place, or exploring fantastic futuristic worlds.
Health Care: Medical imaging technologies like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT scans now make extensive use of XR. It gives staff full 3D representations of human bodies rather than traditional 2D imaging.
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