Who will win the Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality Device Race?

Theorem's recently launched Visualization Experience app for use on Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality devices (forming part of their Digital Realities product family) has been specifically designed and developed from the ground up to be device agnostic. Whether it is a holographic display, tablet, or a VR device, the same application will run on any.

When considering Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality, all three technologies have their unique features and benefits.

The type of 'reality' (i.e. Virtual, Augmented or Mixed) ultimately dictates the types of devices that will be available to you. These technologies and devices have not been developed with Engineering and Manufacturing in mind and the underlying software is not based upon CAD or PLM technologies.

Nobody really knows who is going to win the device race. Which are the best devices? Which are the devices that over time will win out? It's too early to know and it will be a few years before it settles down. We don't believe that there will be a single winner. In addition, the different technologies deliver different experiences which means that there is not a 'one size fits all'.

The graphics and the devices are coming from a very different group of companies. They are coming from the gaming and social media industries, from Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sony, and Samsung etc.

"What we've seen in the past 12 months is that new devices are appearing all the time, and we know that before this year is out, there will be additional devices on the market," observes Stuart Thurlby, CEO of Theorem, "These new devices are significantly cheaper than VR Caves and Power walls, and this low price point is democratising the technologies and making them accessible to a larger audience."

In addition, for Theorem's Visualization Experience, the data you prepare is created once and it can be used on any of the devices. It doesn't need to be created specifically for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality or Mixed Reality.

"One of the things that Theorem recognise is that each device has different capabilities and capacities, and so some devices require the data to be optimised more than others." Stuart explains "We have ensured that data and device neutrality is there, which will protect your initial investments even as the technologies and devices develop and change."

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