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Human perception in a digital world

January 04, 2021

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By Robert Manna

Robert Manna from our digital practice team tells Canadian Healthcare Facilities magazine how virtual, augmented reality applications help users better understand the built environment

Though often used together, there are fundamental differences between virtual reality and augmented or mixed reality. Virtual reality gives users, through a headset with built-in screens, the experience of inhabiting an artificial physical space that is entirely rendered by a computer. Augmented or mixed reality is intended to blend the virtual (computer-driven) with actual reality via a headset or mobile device that allows the user to see the physical space while computer generated renderings of objects are overlaid and contextualized with it.

  • Robert Manna

    As a leader of Building Information Modeling (BIM) research and development at Stantec, Robert helps our teams by providing the tools that make projects more successful.

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