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Immersive theatre technology speak: what does it all mean?

The National Youth Theatre and Central Saint Martins course will provide an introduction to a range of digital technologies, including virtual reality, 360-degree video, augmented reality and multi-sensory digital experiences. Photo: Shutterstock Photo: Shutterstock
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Augmented reality

Layering a computer-generated image on to the real world, viewed through a headset or glasses.


Simulation of touch sensation using a computer application, transmitted on to glass – such as on a smartphone – joysticks or modified clothing.


Displaying a three-dimensional image of a digital recording, using lighting patterns, which can be viewed without special glasses.

Immersive technologies

Any form of technology used to draw audiences into a story or to blur the boundaries between the physical and digital world.

Mixed reality

Brings together both a virtual and real environment, merging the boundaries between real and imaginary, and is often viewed through glasses or a headset.

Motion capture

The process of digitally tracking a person’s movement via a special suit with sensors. The data is then used to create and animate a digital character.

Projection mapping

Uses objects of any shape as a display surface for video projection.

Virtual reality

An entirely computer-generated simulation of a world that can be viewed through a headset.

Volumetric video

The ability to record something from every angle.

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