For the uninitiated, India’s Jio, part of the Reliance Industries conglomerate, announced a new mixed reality headset at its annual general meeting called Jio Glass. Jio Glass is a mixed reality (MR)-based holographic lens system that enables users to perform various tasks such as host conference calls, share and view presentations, and hold discussions, among other things.
Now, something like this isn’t new nor is Reliance the first to invent such a product. Google Glass, Microsoft HoloLens, and Snap Spectacles have previously entered this field and are arguably the best-known efforts in this space. But none of them has gained mass adoption.
The launch of Jio Glass, however, has sparked another debate- Use of Mixed Reality in the field of education. To give you context- Mixed Reality technology allows real and virtual elements to interact with one another and the user to interact with virtual elements like they would in the real world. This means that users can use this technology to share presentations and even other 3D assets over a conference call. What’s more? Users can interact with other users using their 3D and 2D avatars via Jio Glass. Think of this as a more immersive version of a Snapchat or Instagram Filter.
But the use of this in the field of education can change the entire way students learn and imbibe knowledge. Yes, this will surely work wonders during Covid-19 lockdowns, but even in the post corona world where we can meet each other freely, this will be a game-changer.
For instance, the entire classroom dynamic would get altered. Students will be able to see and interact with the things instead of just reading about them. For example, instead of reading about different continents and their environment, students can immerse themselves in the environment and experience in a better way. Imagine seeing how the North Pole looks in 3D and interacting with a Polar bear! Students will even be able to see and interact with various historical monuments that shaped human history throughout the years.
Furthermore, digital education can be taken a step forward, and students around the world can experience things in a more immersive way as opposed to what they would do on computer screens. Mixed Reality, however, is still a long way out. It is going to take some time for it to reach the hands of the masses. But when it does the world of education, among other things, is undoubtedly going to change drastically. We at SOAL, post the virus outbreak, have made all our classes virtual and are running all our programs remotely. But technology like this will take remote working to the next level.