Mixed Reality: The Future For Food And Beverage Brands
Virtual reality and augmented reality have been two of the largest trends in technology over the past few years. Companies like Apple, LG, Samsung, and Microsoft are putting significant investments in mixed reality. They are even planning to make this technology available to the masses. However, it is not only tech giants that are looking into using augmented reality. In fact, food and beverage brands are eyeing mixed reality to improve the marketing of their products.
Brands Buy Into Mixed Reality
In the future, consumers will throw away their bulky devices for mixed reality glasses to do ordinary things like surf the internet, play games, and communicate with other people. Brands will have the opportunity to engage customers in the 3D world through packaging and point of sale displays. As a result, mixed reality technology will bridge the gap between digital and physical shopping.
In an even distant future, food manufacturers can use mixed reality to manage their inventory through eye sensors and spatial mapping. While there is still a long way for food manufacturers to go before they can fully benefit from mixed reality, some companies have already adopted the digital campaign.
Coca-Cola, for example, has offered 3D gaming to encourage more people to buy their products. Another company, Hellman, has also launched 3D recipe tutorials provided by celebrity chefs. In the future, retail industry giants will create an augmented-reality store where customers can see a digital image of the store and order their products online.
The Future of MR, AR, and VR for Big Brands
Many believe this technology will become mainstream in the future. Opportunities for many food and beverage brands to market their products will create an automatic analysis of the market. The challenge that manufacturers are now facing is how to index billions–even trillions–of data points to market to the right audience.
A new feature of mixed reality technology is eye tracking. Multiple tech companies have invested in this feature as it allows them to track where customers are focused. Eye tracking is an additional way to improve the analytics of the business. This feature is also used to improve machine learning over time.
Developers are also looking to integrate the internet of things (IoT) with mixed reality. This means that if you look at your fridge, for example, through the mixed reality glasses, it will generate information about your inventory and nearby grocery stores. This natural feature provides an emotional connection with the technology.
With mixed reality technology, everything will become real estate regarding brand marketing, and it will provide a better shopping experience to customers. The technology already exists and what food and beverage companies need to do is to improve the platform.
Inspired by Keith Curtin’s article on venturebeat.com