Forward-thinking companies are more likely to digitize the present and future of their work for sustainable business growth. Increasingly, they are focusing on advanced business planning and modern programs for smoother operations. Data, process, and technology help them build an improved agility-resilience balance to manage their priorities.

Human-machine interaction has been around for decades, but the concept is now catching up to the vision with spatial computing. This modern technology that genuinely involves the blending of digital and real-world has excellent potential for rapid advancements and breakthroughs.   

Defining spatial computing:

Spatial computing involves digital technology to use the space around us as a 3D canvas and interact with computers. Conventional computing executes behind a 2D screen while spatial computing perfectly blends modern technology into the real world.

Simply put, it is computing in 3D.

An overview:

Spatial computing is often tied to virtual, augmented, and mixed realities (VR, AR, MR) that make a digital world of computers/machines a seamless part of our natural world. It is no less significant than mobile computing because this revolutionary technology is fundamentally a new paradigm of modern computing. Imagine, someday, Apple introducing xOS for augmented and mixed realities like today we have iOS and macOS.  

AR, VR, and MR have significantly grabbed the attention of today’s forward-thinking people in business and custom software development because this idea allows machines to learn from and repeat predefined human actions. Well, this is not exactly a new science but a developing technology that’s been around for years – GPS in smartphones is a remarkable example of spatial computing that predates even when Simon Greenwold coined this technology term in the early 2000s.

Besides AR, VR, and MR, spatial computing is linked to but not dependent on extended reality (XR) technologies.    

So what do these increasingly popular phrases VR/AR/MR mean for enterprises? It means that computers can see, experience, and then understand the world while becoming more intertwined with it. Here comes the concept of digital twin built from CAD (computer-aided design) principles – creating digital representations or 3D models of real-world, physical objects.  These CAD files will be used to regenerate a digital version of actual space – named as a digital twin – using AI-powered computing processes.  

That said, if companies start creating digital twins of their office spaces, presenting everything in relation, it will be considered everything. Humans cannot influence this equation.  

To sum up, spatial computing helps computers understand their environment and users by transferring inputs and outputs using sensors and cameras – allowing the nearby physical space to interact with technology.

The distinction between VR, VR & MR

Virtual Reality (VR) refers to an entirely digitized, artificial environment. The real-world user can move around and interact with fully virtual features.  

The most common use cases of VR include training applications, education scenarios, and gamification.

Augmented Reality (AR) refers to real-world interfaces with digital information overlays. It inserts computer-generated images inside the real-life photos.   

The most common use cases of AR include smart manufacturing, games like Pokemon Go, and many other intelligent industrial processes.  

Mixed Reality (MR) refers to the point where a virtual ecosystem combines with the real-world environment. This is where digital and physical objects co-exist as a hybrid experience in real-time.     

For example, in enterprise solutions like Magic Leap, virtual objects are integrated into – and responsive to – the natural world.

Features bringing spatial computing to life:

Photography:

Photos help create a more realistic imitation of a specific environment through the accurate portrayal of measurements and depths of target spaces to deliver a better user experience.      

Light and sound:

The real-world lighting combined with the digital lights in the spatial computing ecosystem work the same way as in real life, which involves our eye-brain system.  

Movement sensors & trackers:

Spatial computing devices identify human movements like eye and body movements, hand gestures, and voice commands, delivering a real-time experience from a sensory perspective. 

Enhance your business model with spatial computing:

Besides, improving your day-to-day business operations, spatial computing technology solutions help companies train and educate their employees for improved throughput.  

Benefits of spatial computing

Businesses can leverage AR/VR/MR applications for:

  • Greater internal collaboration
  • Accurate information up-front
  • Lower manufacturing costs
  • Broadening of audiences
  • Improved consumer experience

Also, read Benefits of AR/VR/MR in the Hospitality industry 

Final Thoughts:

Spatial computing is getting traction rapidly across all industry sectors to engage a massive audience and enhance operations for increased revenue. You can leverage the skills of different employees for a complex project even if they are apart. You can make them work together by putting them in one room using spatial computing technologies. AR/VR/MR solutions provide a wide range of opportunities to increase business in multiple, exciting ways.