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What is Real?

These days we talk about virtual reality and augmented reality for having huge potential. I define virtual reality as everything we see being simulated and augmented reality as a blend between the real and the virtual, where (usually) facts and figures are commonly superimposed on top of the real environment.

Define Real

Back in 2004, I had three dogs: Spinner, Turner and Twister. It was great to see them having a good time together, and great to take them out. They also loved to play with the red ball I had got for them. I always wanted to have many dogs!

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I had a little house, on a small piece of land that could be defined as a prairie… Not much to look at, a dry waist land. I was happy to have a dune buggy I could take out on the track. These days I hosted many events with others to take a spin in the bugs, on bikes and boards.

I made some pennies on creative t-shirt designs and remember that I looked up to the sky wishing I could save enough to buy a boat. Then I discovered what I was really good at in this world: mentoring. I have helped so many people discover new insights to this world that it was literally valued with millions. I finally could get a boat, in fact; I could buy many boats. I invested some money in creating a hoverboard shaped like a Feather: The FeatherBoard I called it. I loved it and it got quite some attention. However on March 9, 2010 my world ended. I was bankrupt. A new reality started for me.

They took away my so-called richness: cars, house, bikes and all my personally designed goodies. But what was worse: I instantly got disconnected to all that I had mentored. It was the day There.com closed. The end of one of the greatest virtual presences I experienced

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These days we talk about virtual reality and augmented reality for having huge potential. I define virtual reality as everything we see being simulated and augmented reality as a blend between the real and the virtual, where (usually) facts and figures are commonly superimposed on top of the real environment. Although definitions may vary, a much more interesting development is the fresh wave of mixed reality, where a real-time simulated world or sub-world is projected on top of our ‘real’ world. It becomes fuzzier, it blends. Hard lines are harder to find. Definitions will blur too. Or even matter less.

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“Morpheus: What is real? How do you define real?”

Consider this: your daughter of 8 years old tells everyone in her class that she got a new dog yesterday. She takes home her friends and plays with the dog – called ‘mysty’ – through an experience much like Microsoft Hololens or Magic Leap VR. They play with him and they might even take him for a walk and feed it.

Now imagine it is time for a holiday trip. Will she think of taking the dog with her? Maybe, she will. If you wouldn’t agree would she miss him? Would you miss him? Most of all, I still miss Spinner, Turner and Twister.

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