What is XR?
Extended reality (XR) is an umbrella term for any technology that is “extending” or transforming our reality. There are currently three forms of XR: augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR). These immersive technologies build upon our daily lives to create unique environments, experiences, and interactions.
Augmented reality (AR) is the overlay of virtual information and objects onto the real world through the use of AR glasses or via screens and smartphones. The most well known example of AR is Pokémon Go, an app that allows players to catch and train Pokémon characters in the real world using location tracking and mapping technology.
Virtual reality (VR) immerses users in a three dimensional digital environment through the use of a headset and wearables (like controllers) that engage the senses. The simulated environment “tricks” our senses in such a way that we experience our surroundings as if they were real.
The latest immersive technology is mixed reality (MR) which merges digital and real-world objects that co-exist and interact in real time. MultiBall is a prime example of MR technology with a smart sports wall that gamifies sports for all ages and skill levels.
The benefits of xr
Immersive technologies are already disrupting industries and will change the way we experience everyday life. The game-changing technology of XR in the world of sport will fundamentally change how we perceive, interact, and play sports. Phenomenal breakthroughs are happening with new XR applications every day. The result of this sport revolution has lead to countless benefits:
Promoting healthy lifestyles and encouraging movement for all ages
Providing coaches and trainers with innovative tools to improve athletic performance
Increasing sports participation through the gamification of sports