Augmented Reality for Enterprise Alliance

Key AR terms

Area Glossary

Augmented Reality has been the subject of scientific and engineering research for decades but has only recently been brought to the attention of wider audiences. As the concept is broad, it is easily confused with other new and emerging technologies with which it shares attributes.

The AREA has compiled the following list of key AR terms and their definitions to help enterprises understand what distinguishes AR from other technologies and to provide a helpful reference when reading about AR-specific tools and concepts.

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Mixed Reality

Mixed Reality is a form of AR in which digital overlays are blended in the environment and have a spatial relationship with the surrounding objects. While the user moves, the overlays remain located in the same position attached to the real environment. Virtual and real objects are potentially indistinguishable.

Monocular Display

Multimodal Interaction

In Augmented Reality, Multimodal Interaction refers to solutions that enable the user to interact with the solution through multiple modes, which can include speech, touch, vision, and gesture.

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