“Existing computing systems and applications do not adequately facilitate the recording or streaming of CGR content,” says Apple in “Media Compositor For Computer-Generated Reality,” US Patent No 20200043237.

Origin: appleinsider – Apple working on how to record multiple AR & VR streams for later playback

“In contrast to a VR environment,” it continues, “which is designed to be based entirely on computer-generated sensory inputs, a mixed reality (MR) environment refers to a simulated environment that is designed to incorporate sensory inputs from the physical environment… [A] mixed reality environment is anywhere between, but not including, a wholly physical environment at one end and virtual reality environment at the other end.”

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Apple has been working on how to create both Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality for many years, but a new patent shows it’s also looking at recording. A fully recorded AR/VR experience could be documented and replayed later, accord to Apple.

It’s already possible to record live streams of, for instance, gameplay, but Apple’s aim is to capture both the computer-generated elements of an experience, and the real-world ones.

Augmented Reality, in particular, combines real-world environments with digitally-added elements. Apple refers to the combination of this, virtual reality and any real-world interaction such as audio, as being “computer generated reality content” (CGR) or “mixed reality” (MR).