Virtual Reality: In a Nutshell
The concept of Virtual Reality has been knocking around since the 1950s. Morton Heilig – often called ‘the Father of Virtual Reality’. From that point on, hundreds of different innovation have been causing this new technology being broadly worked with. Computer technology is used to create a virtual environment that can be explored and manipulated by individuals.
Examples of VR in Everyday Life
Virtual reality will become even more accessible within everyday jobs with people using it for medical training, new building designs, training and other experiences.
• Training and Learning…
• Meetings and Everyday Communication…
The Future of Virtual Reality
In spite of some probable side effects of working with the VR, the focus remains on the positive contributions this technology can make to society. From better healthcare training and education, to active rather than sedentary gaming, there are a number of clear benefits to embracing the exciting developments being made in the world of VR.
The Different Kinds of Virtual Reality
These different types of devices will all come together at some point to create a complete set of VR hardware. One way to distinguish one from another will be the mode with which it interfaces with its users.
▪ Window on World: This particular Virtual Reality system is perfect for the field of medicine. Typically using a desktop monitor rather than an HMD, it allows its user to visualize complex medical procedures such a surgeries or colonoscopies.
▪ Immersive System: By removing its users from the physical world, and placing them in a virtual world, the sharp visuals and crisp audio delivered via the HMD can help them escape everyday life and explore a far-off land.
▪ Telepresence: Telepresence is exactly what it sounds like: tele, “at a distance”, and presence, “being present”.
▪ Mixed Reality: This is where computer generated inputs are brought together with the previously mentioned telepresence inputs or the user’s view of the real world to create a valuable output.
Types of Virtual Reality Devices
The majority of Virtual Entertainment (VE) systems that are currently available to purchase require a personal computer to power them and need a head-mounted display HMD to help deliver the imagery integral to creating an immersive virtual world.
• Oculus Rift: Specifically designed for video gaming, it has a high field of view, delivering the very best in immersive virtual experiences.
• HTC Vive: HTC are delivering breakthrough room-scale technology and fully immersive gaming experiences, and they’ve chalked up a fair few awards to further underline their capabilities.
• Samsung Gear VR: It does require a smartphone device to power it, and naturally works best with Samsung brand phones such as the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S7, and S7 Edge.
• Google Cardboard: Another VR headset option for use with your phone, this one is, as previously mentioned, a great deal cheaper than most other HMDs.
• Treadmills and Haptic Gloves: The Virtuix Omni Treadmill is ideal for allowing its user to take the VR experience to another level. They can safely walk, run, or even jump in 360-degrees, exploring simulated worlds and exercising at the same time.