Friday Brief for 12 November 2021

Tech Terms

Digital “Realities” — Augmented Reality (AR) adds digital elements to a live view often by using the camera on a smartphone. Virtual Reality (VR) implies a complete immersion experience that shuts out the physical world. Mixed Reality (MR) combines elements of both AR and VR, where real-world and digital objects interact. And, Extended Reality (XR) is an umbrella term that covers all of the various technologies that enhance our senses, whether they’re providing additional information about the actual world or creating totally unreal, simulated worlds for us to experience.

The Metaverse Will Have Seoul

What’s New: The city government of Seoul, South Korea announced that it will host cultural events and a variety of public services in the burgeoning virtual reality (VR) world of the metaverse, according to Quartz.

Why This Matters: Once deployed, “Seoulites”(?) can head to city hall, tour historic sites, and register a civil complaint — while still wearing their PJs — by simply strapping on their VR headset or goggles.

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