POTD: The Different Realities…

The International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2018 was held this past weekend into early this week in Los Angeles, California.  One thing that was noticeable in the expo hall is that virtual and augmented reality is making its way into simulation education.  There were many vendors and so much cool gear!  So what is virtual and augmented reality?  

Virtual reality (VR) is a computer generated environment that allows one to experience a different reality.  This fully immersive experience is usually attained with a head-mounted display in our current consumer market.


Augmented reality (AR) uses the existing real world environment and adds digital information over it.  Think Pokémon Go.


And then there is mixed reality (MR), where one can interact with physical and virtual environments.


Check out this link for some of the companies that were at the expo (and watch some videos!):