Innovative Applications of Extended Reality in Everyday Life

When we think hear about extended reality (XR), the first image that often comes to mind is people wearing headsets and enjoying immersive gaming experiences. However, But XR is far more than just a gaming gimmick – it has quietly seeped into various aspects of our daily lives, and perhaps even benefitting you without you realizing it.
XR is the closest thing we have today to the futuristic tech we’ve seen in movies. It’s revolutionizing our lives, from simple home applications to complex workplace uses. Let’s dive into some of the unique and practical ways XR can enhance our everyday experiences.
1. Interior Design Reimagined
Ever wanted to give your home a fresh look? Augmented reality (AR) is here to help you visualize your home’s transformation. Imagine creating 3D models of your furniture and experimenting with different room layouts in real-time. XR allows you to visualize the perfect placement of your couch, lighting fixtures, or even artwork. It’s like having an interior designer at your fingertips, helping you reimagine your living space.
Image courtesy of IKEA Place
The exciting part? You can experiment with countless design possibilities without breaking a sweat from physically moving things around. It’s a real time and energy saver when you’re exploring the perfect setup for your home.
2. Try It Before You Buy It!
Online shopping has its perks, but there’s always that uncertainty about how a product will fit your needs. XR, in the form of AR and virtual reality (VR), steps in to ease those worries.
Image courtesy of Amazon Virtual Try-On
Consider this: you’re in the market for a new pair of sneakers. With AR, you can virtually try them on and see how they match your style before clicking that “Buy Now” button. Or perhaps you’re passionate about fashion and want to experiment with different makeup looks. AR can transform your face digitally, letting you explore various styles and colour palettes before choosing the products that suit you best. The bottom line is that XR is transforming the online shopping experience, providing a clearer picture for consumers, reducing guesswork, and ensuring products align with individual preferences and needs.
3. Enhancing Education
XR, especially AR, is ushering in a transformative era in education. No longer is it just about textbooks and lectures anymore; XR is breathing life into complex subjects like science, math, and biology. With AR apps like JigSpace, students can use 3D models to delve into the inner workings of a jet engine, or take a vivid journey through the Earth’s core.
Image courtesy of JigSpace
These 3D models aren’t just static images; they’re dynamic, interactive learning tools. Students can not just observe, but also zoom in to scrutinize minute details, rotate models to view them from every angle, and even dissect them piece by piece, all within a virtual environment. This level of engagement transcends traditional learning methods, making the educational experience not only informative but also genuinely enjoyable.
4. Gamify your Fitness Routine
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has never been this satisfying. Popular VR games and fitness apps like Beat Saber and Supernatural turn workouts into fun, immersive experiences, requiring just 20 to 30 minutes of your time.
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VR fitness games also double as personal trainers, monitoring your progress in real-time and offering valuable insights to optimize your routine. Forget the monotony of traditional workouts; VR infuses health and wellness with excitement, motivating you to maintain a healthy lifestyle without the usual drudgery. It’s exercise that feels like play, ensuring you stay on track toward your fitness goals.
For an effective full-body workout that enhances overall fitness and minimizes injury risks, precise tracking of your body’s movements is crucial. Traditional VR setups – primarily reliant on hand and head controllers – fall short in capturing your entire body’s motion accurately. To bridge this gap and ensure proper form during exercises, you’ll need a full-body motion capture system like AXIS.
Elevate Full-Body Workouts in VR using AXIS
AXIS (Active XR Interface System) allows you to add full-body tracking capabilities to your VR gaming setup. It is an untethered motion capture system with interchangeable nodes that empower you to work out freely for up to 4 hours without needing to recharge it.
AXIS motion trackers boast exceptional precision, ensuring that your virtual avatar exhibits lifelike movements within the virtual realm. This precision is vital for maintaining proper form during exercises. Moreover, AXIS nodes come equipped with integrated haptic feedback sensors that actively engage your sense of touch, enhancing your immersive experience while exercising in the virtual environment.
5. Attending Events from the Comfort of Your Home
In our ever-connected world, you can meet up and interact with people from all over the world through virtual events in the metaverse. The metaverse can host all types of events, including music concerts, eSports events, expos, conferences, and even your work meetings.
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Using your own avatar, you can navigate the virtual landscape, connect with fellow attendees, and interact just like you would in person. It’s a convenient and fantastic way to meet new people and explore exciting events without ever leaving the comfort of your home.
Despite being a relatively recent technology, XR is proving itself to be an indispensable tool in our daily lives. We’ve only scratched the surface of its potential here. Regardless of the application, XR is bound to enrich our daily experiences and simplify our lives in ways we’re only beginning to discover.
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