Neuroscience and Mixed Reality: the journey from humans to super-humans

Augmented reality and virtual reality have been around for some time but has recently gained popularity since they’ve become more accessible on mobile platforms. Virtual reality is creating a real world experience in a virtual world. The technology has been achieved with the use of virtual reality headsets. On the other hand, augmented reality combines both virtual reality and the real environment. It’s undoubtedly astonishing to understand the potential of the technology in a lot of fields. Their applications have been widespread from military, medical, navigation, maintenance and repair and so on. 

“Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the ‘device’ to fade away” — Sundar Pichai

“Well we believe that augmented reality is one of those new mediums that could be as big as if not bigger than the web. One of the areas where consumers adopt something new is when it makes something drastically easier. When I think about augmented reality I think about instances like finding your way somewhere, finding your friends in a stadium, or going to a conference and looking around and knowing who everyone is because their LinkedIn profile is hanging over their heads… I think we will start finding a lot of things like that where AR just removes friction” — Scott Belsky

Mixed reality is proving to have a positive impact on neuroscience. The effects of augmented reality have displayed good results for a range of neurological disorders. A lot of research has been doing on cognitive and physiological section. Various studies have been conducted and there has been a dimension of applications that has come to limelight. Augmented reality has been used in neurosurgery which has greatly enhanced the visualization of tumors or abnormal cells. Helping to analyze the structure using AR provides neurosurgeons better and safer techniques to operate the most complex surgeries. Furthermore, AR has also powered as a cognitive assistant for the blind. [Sources]

Sources: NCBI

A technology that started by simply wearing a headset and immersing in a virtual world to being able to interact with the virtual world in reality is mind blowing. Various companies including Apple and Google have released ARkits that enables developers to code new technologies for AR headsets and extend the use of AR technology. The application development kit has enabled developers to design apps for clinical uses, medical uses {Reference} and in the engineering world.

With emerging technologies like Internet of Things (IoT) and e-healthcare, mixed reality technology, specially, augmented reality will play a pivotal role in many domains . It will add a beautiful towards education which will definitely be more enhanced backed up by research. Kids and adults will be able to make best use of this technology as it enables to interact with virtual objects in reality. Understanding every small detail lays a strong foundation for knowledge and AR is definitely going to be an integral part of learning as well

I do think that a significant portion of the population of developed countries, and eventually all countries, will have AR experiences every day, almost like eating three meals a day. It will become that much a part of you.” —Tim Cook

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