What is an Environment in Spatial Computing?

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In augmented reality (A/R), virtual reality (V/R) and mixed reality (M/R), the term "environment" refers to what surrounds the user within the experience.

Environment refers to the elements (i.e. geometries, models, objects, lights) that surrounds a user as they browse a scene.

This environment is offered to the user through the computer's (i.e. smartphone, tablet or laptop) viewport and can be explored by moving around the real-world, which changes the position and angle of the computer's camera.

These environments are constructed differently depending on whether they are offered as part of augmented reality (A/R), virtual reality (V/R) or mixed reality (M/R) experiences.

Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality

An image showing two children playing with an augmented reality game. The viewport covers the entire screen.

In A/R and M/R, the environment refers to the real-world outside the computer (i.e. smartphone, tablet or laptop), which is constructed via the point-cloud and which superpositions geometries, models, objects and lights to create the final result.

Virtual Reality

An image of a video game.

In A/R and M/R, the environment is completely artificial and refers to the geometries, models, objects and lights that create the final result.

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