The beginning: Immersive Technology

Technology is evolving at a fast pace and given the kind of innovations that we are observing every day; it won’t be incorrect to say that the future will be quite different from what it is now.  Technology as it does to everything it touches is bringing about paradigm shifts in the way we connect, communicate, exchange information and conduct our day to day lives.

Devices of the future will not only be inter-connected but will also interact with each other in an immersive manner. IoT interactions will be natural, and our smart devices will be so seamlessly woven into the fabric of our daily lives that we’ll spend less time managing them and more time enjoying our day. Everything – from devices to appliances will be connected and one can manage everything with one single device- maybe just your innocuous smartphone.

With the advancement in technology at a breakneck speed, we have reached a tipping point when it comes to immersive technology – technologies which we interact with, merge ourselves with or be one with. Today there is no aspect of our daily life that goes by without the touch of technology. And, this is just the beginning. Drawing a parallel to how mobile devices have become an addiction, it would not be wrong to say that in the near future the immersive technologies will most likely be just an extension of us. We may soon wear AR/VR gears for hours at a stretch.

In the recent years, the end-user experience has been improved with the advances in display and capture technology on devices and high speed networks and connectivity. The influence of technology in our lives has given rise to a new generation of comfortable, self-contained multifunctional digital devices, free of tethering wires or bulky battery packs. The scope of immersive technologies has increasingly revolutionised the interactions between people and their environment. The uses of these technologies are being witnessed in every sector and vertical, be it healthcare, education, agriculture, logistics, governance, businesses, so on and so forth.

Advances in design and the underlying technology, the digital reality initiatives are moving forward steadily. Although there are real IT ecosystem issues to consider, including core integration, cloud deployment, connectivity, and access, the digital reality’s component parts are still evolving, as are standards and governance strategies.

The amalgamation of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), mixed reality, 360°, and immersive technologies will lead to more natural and intuitive ways to better our lives.

The integration of these digital realities will deepen the engagement blurring the divide between the digital and real world and increasing the dependency on technology in our daily life. In fact, the means of interfacing with digital information will likely no longer be screens and hardware but gestures, emotions and gazes. Not just M2M, IoT and other emerging technologies that connects machines with machines, a new breed of tech are making their presence felt that connects humans to machine and vice versa.

In 2016, a range of products came to the market, introduced by tech giants like Facebook which acquired 11 AR/VR companies for $2.1 billion, underscoring the company’s view that VR and AR will form the next tech frontier.

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