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VIRTUAL REALTY or virtual realities (VR), which can be referred to as immersive multimedia or computer-simulated reality, replicates an environment that simulates a physical presence in places in the real world or an imagined world, allowing the user to interact with that world. Virtual realities artificially create sensory experience, which can include sight, touch, hearing, and smell.

Most up-to-date virtual realities are displayed either on a computer screen or with an HD VR special stereoscopic displays, and some simulations include additional sensory information and focus on real sound through speakers or headphones targeted towards VR users. Some advanced haptic systems now include tactile information, generally known as force feedback in medical, gaming and military applications. Furthermore, virtual reality covers remote communication environments which provide virtual presence of users with the concepts of telepresence and telexistence or a virtual artifact (VA) either through the use of standard input devices such as a keyboard and mouse, or through multimodal devices such as a wired glove or omnidirectional treadmills. The immersive environment can be similar to the real world in order to create a lifelike experience—for example, in simulations for pilot or combat training - or it can differ significantly from reality, such as in VR games.

A VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET is a head-mounted device aimed to provide an immersive virtual reality experience, for the purpose of computer games and 3D simulations. It consists of a stereoscopic head-mounted display (providing separate images for each eye) and head motion tracking sensors (which may include gyroscopes, accelerometers, structured light systems, etc). Some devices also include headphones, eye tracking sensors and gaming controllers.

AUGMENTED REALITY (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality. By contrast, virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated one. Augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements, such as sports scores on TV during a match. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally manipulable. Information about the environment and its objects is overlaid on the real world. This information can be virtual real, e.g. seeing other real sensed or measured information such as electromagnetic radio waves overlaid in exact alignment with where they actually are in space.

MIXED REALITY (MR), sometimes referred to as hybrid reality, is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time. Mixed reality takes place not only in the physical world or the virtual world, but is a mix of reality and virtual reality, encompassing both augmented reality and augmented virtuality.

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  • Archos VR glasses.
  • Archos VR Glasses - "Experience the world of Virtual Reality with your Smartphone."
  • Carl Zeiss VR One.
  • Carl Zeiss VR One - "Virtual Reality For Everyone."
  • FOVE Eye Tracking VR.
  • FOVE Eye Tracking VR - "The World's First Eye Tracking Virtual Reality Headset."
  • Glyph Founder's Edition: US$699.
  • Glyph - "The world's first personal theater designed with lightweight portability, rich audio and amazingly precise video. Stop watching. Start seeing ...."
  • Google Cardboard.
  • Google Cardboard - low-cost virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) fold-out cardboard viewer for use with a head mount for a mobile phone.
  • HTC Vive.
  • HTC Vive - "Discover virtual reality beyond imagination."
  • Meta 2 Augmented Reality Headset & Development Kit: US$949.
  • Meta - since 2012. "Our mission is to unlock deeper understanding, freer expression, and optimal productivity through innovative Augmented Reality products."
  • Microsoft HoloLens.
  • Microsoft HoloLens - "Bring ideas to life."
  • Noon VR.
  • Noon - "Virtual Reality. Anyphone. Anywhere."
  • Oculus Rift.
  • Oculus Rift - "Next-generation virtual reality."
  • Pico Neo.
  • Pico Neo - "Imagine a new reality."
  • PlayStation VR.
  • PlayStation VR - "The future of VR gaming arrives in 2016."
  • Razer OSVR.
  • Razer OSVR - "Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) for Gaming."
  • Samsung Gear VR.
  • Samsung Gear VR - "Beyond Imagination."
  • VicoVR - Full Body-Tracking VR & 3D Gaming System.
  • Vico VR - "Full Body-Tracking VR & 3D Gaming System." Enable Positional Tracking, 3D Motion Sensing & More as a Stand-Alone System.
  • VR One.
  • VR One - "Turn Your Smartphone into a Virtual World."
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