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Passthrough in the realm of virtual reality (VR) refers to the capability of a VR headset to provide the user with a view of the physical environment without the need to remove the headset. This feature allows users to seamlessly transition between the virtual and real world, enhancing the overall immersive experience and ensuring safety during interactions with the physical environment.

Passthrough technology utilizes built-in cameras or sensors on the VR headset to capture the real-world surroundings, enabling users to perceive the physical space around them while still being visually connected to the virtual environment. This feature is particularly useful for users to quickly locate physical objects, navigate their surroundings, or interact with their immediate environment without the need to fully disengage from the virtual experience.

In some advanced VR systems, passthrough functionality can also be leveraged for augmented reality (AR) applications, where virtual elements are seamlessly integrated into the real-world view, enhancing the overall sensory experience and blurring the lines between the physical and virtual realms.

By integrating passthrough technology into VR headsets, developers aim to create a more intuitive and immersive experience for users, prioritizing both the safety and convenience of users during their VR interactions. As VR technology continues to evolve, passthrough functionality is expected to play an increasingly significant role in bridging the gap between the virtual and physical worlds, ultimately redefining the way users engage with immersive content.

Watch a person walking into a cafe in mixed reality with Passthrough:


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