Fused Reality (FUR)?

This is a short blog note to put down an idea, inspired by the note regarding Virtuality kicks back.

I think that Fused Reality is a better term to describe the concept of natural interaction between the real and the virtual. Ultimately we will not pay attention to this distinction.

We will rather think in terms of a single,  Fused Reality.

I think it is a term and concept that goes a bit beyond the Mixed Reality concept.  But feel free to disagree!

You can read more about the pendulum story in http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0611293 and in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed_reality :

Interreality Physics

In a physics context, the term "interreality system"[1] refers to a virtual reality system coupled to its real-world counterpart. A paper in the May 2007 issue of Physical Review E[2] describes an interreality system comprising a real physical pendulum coupled to a pendulum that only exists in virtual reality. This system apparently has two stable states of motion: a "Dual Reality" state in which the motion of the two pendula are uncorrelated and a "Mixed Reality" state in which the pendula exhibit stable phase-locked motion which is highly correlated. The use of the terms "mixed reality" and interreality" in the context of physics is clearly defined but may be slightly different than in other fields.

  1. ^ J. van Kokswijk, Hum@n, Telecoms & Internet as Interface to Interreality (Bergboek, The Netherlands, 2003).
  2. ^ V. Gintautas and A. W. Hubler, Experimental evidence for mixed reality states in an interreality system Phys. Rev. E 75, 057201 (2007).  http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0611293


Blended reality

The term "blended reality" is already catching on as a way of going beyond the weaker notion of mixed reality. It has the advantage that it also refers to the notion of "blends" in the way we come to understand new things through a dynamic process of metaphorical projection and adaptation. In this way, we might understand new technological innovations (and concepts) in a metaphorical way to begin with, but end up treating them as things in themselves (blends).  Blended realities are combinations of the real and the virtual that affect each and that can come to be understood as new real/virtual things in themselves. Ambient intelligent spaces are one example.

By the way, I think this view - of fused or blended realities - raises issues for a perspective on presence based on "real action in virtual environments". (See my recent reply to Mel Slater's response to my comments on RAVE!)

- John

John Waterworth, PhD
Professor of Informatics
Umeå University