The tech markets of the future are projected to be greatly impacted by spatial computing, a technology that is now in fast development. It soon may have the capacity to effortlessly combine the virtual and real worlds to produce immersive experiences for users. Spatial computing improves our view of the world by replicating our senses using 3D graphics, audio, and haptics. In some cases, it can completely alter the world we are engaging with.
There are several varieties of spatial computing technology available that range from augmented reality (AR) to full virtual reality (VR). AR adds light digital aspects to the actual world, but the digital and physical components aren’t able to interact. Mixed reality (MR) creates a more virtual experience by allowing the digital and physical objects to interact. With products like the Meta Quest 3 and Apple Vision Pro, major corporations like Meta and Apple have debuted their versions of MR technology. Full virtual reality (VR) immerses viewers in fresh virtual worlds through a fully digitally created reality. This technology is still relatively limited.
As spatial computing evolves, it is increasingly integrated into various devices. By 2024, experts predict that there will be a staggering 1.4 billion devices with AR capabilities. These devices are becoming smaller, and it is envisioned that the days of bulky VR goggles will soon be gone. These devices will be able to serve a variety of needs. For instance, VRPilot uses virtual reality to assess pilots’ skills prior to flying an actual plane. Augmedics helps to improve surgical outcomes by superimposing anatomically correct spinal placements on patients.
Its impact will extend to various other areas of life, transforming the way we work, play, learn, and take care of our health. For example, in future workplaces, holographic calls will be able to be completed from any location. Documents might not require physical displays or keyboards, enabling flexible work arrangements.