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MRB is a Geolocalized Web Browser running on mobiles

The concept of Mixed Reality comes from the fact that the real-virtual dichotomy is not sharp, but interpolatively smooth over a virtuality continuum. Idealised notions of reality and virtuality can be thought of as endpoints on a continuum, an instance of the former approach corresponding for example to a see-through display with natural sounds, an instance of the latter to texture-mapped image-based rendering (panoramas) with synthetic sound objects.

Augmented Reality (AR) mode refers to all cases in which the auditory or visual display of an otherwise real environment is augmented by means of virtual sound or graphic objects. The converse case on the virtuality continuum is Augmented Virtuality (AV), where a virtual world, one that is generated primarily by computer, like with synthetic 3D graphic or synthetic panoramic, is being augmented with the audio-visual content of Point of Interests (POI).

The introduction of mobile augmented reality browsers has forced a rethink on what kind of reality should be offered. Mobility induces a need for telepresence and simulation to free the user or the developer of the necessity to go every time in the real world. Mobility is the main reason behind the concept of Mixed Reality Browsers. By its intrinsic characteristics, MRB supports advance MR applications like mobile remote maintenance and assisted navigation.


MRB uses the OpenStreetMap Format (OSM) to represent POIs and Panoramics. This allows easier interaction between content and navigation.

Audio Content is described through the XML MAUDL format.

In the future, navigation will be based on a Pedestrian Dead Reckoning (PDR) module using OSM map-Matching.


MRB features a template mechanism that allows document designers to specify various types of POIs.

Software Distribution

MRB will be distributed in October 2011 as an application on the App Store (Apple Inc.) .