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Interactive Interiors Project Spotlight: Disney Hospital

Background

It’s every child’s dream come true, a week in sunny Orlando home of the “house the mouse built”. Sometimes, a child’s trip to Orlando has a very different purpose. Nearly 1,000 children undergo pediatric MRI’s at the hospital’s Orlando facility every year. Undergoing an MRI is no fun as an adult, but for a kid, it’s downright torturous. Yikes! Obviously, this presented a major challenge and led to a high percentage of children being sedated for the procedure, not an ideal solution.

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What is mixed reality?

Some of the big buzzwords in marketing and technology today are virtual reality and augmented reality, but one of the most interesting and useful technologies that isn’t getting as much attention is mixed reality. Mixed reality combines aspects of the virtual and real world. While that is a nice and succinct description, how does that differ from virtual and augmented reality? Virtual reality transports the user to a completely different area. The line between the real world and virtual world is extremely concrete. The difference between augmented and mixed reality is blurrier. Augmented reality overlays the real world with digital information and graphics. Mixed reality integrates digital objects and graphics into the world to make them seem “real”.

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