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eXtended Reality Alliance

There is no doubt that augmented and virtual reality will play a big part in our everyday experience in the future. The University of Texas is currently providing research and courses to prepare us for the extended reality (XR) future.

The eXtended Reality Alliance is the central point to learn about all the augmented, mixed, and virtual reality classes, initiatives, and labs on the University of Texas at Austin campus.  

Furthermore, XRA is the vehicle that supports collaboration among its members.

What is XR?

XR is a superset which includes the entire spectrum from “the complete real” to “the complete virtual” in the concept of reality–virtuality continuum. This includes augmented reality, mixed reality, and virtual reality. The following provides a better sense what these terms mean:

  • Augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) overlay virtual objects on the real-world environment to provide users with additional information or experience that either recognizes the environment and provides information and/or displays content that seems to be part of the environment. AR devices are typically in the form of glasses, whereas MR devices are typically goggle headsets with cameras to capture the real-world environment. AR may be also be only audio.
  • Virtual reality (VR) immerses users in a fully artificial digital environment. VR devices are typically goggle headsets that completely block out the real-world environment.

For more information about XRA, please go to the contact page.