The boundary between the virtual and the physical world continues to break down, creating stunning encounters that could only be found in science fiction authors' imagination a short time ago.
Virtual Reality ( VR) has been the "next big thing" for several years. Still, its time has finally come as a way to create realistic images, sounds, and other experiences that place you in the center of a dazzling fantasy universe. Augmented Reality ( AR), which adds virtual things to the real-world environment, adds to the hype, and both technologies should be a massive part of our future. With Mixed Reality (MR), you can play a virtual video game, take a bottle of water from your real world, and hit an imaginary character in a bottle game. Imagination and truth have never been so mixed up.
So much is happening so rapidly that the variations between VR, AR, and MR can seem a little puzzling at first. Any of these spellbinding inventions is accessible to almost all, but before you throw away your hard-earned cash for the new head-mounted display, let's take a closer look at what you're going to need for an incredible VR, AR, or MR experience.
The History and Future of Virtual Reality
We've been trying to catch "Virtual Reality" for more than just the last five to ten years. There were popular peer-to-peer toys in the 1950s, and enclosed flight simulators debuted in the 1960s, but the concept of VR goes back much further.
As early as the 1930s, science fiction authors, inventors, and tinkerers dreamed of a world in which you could escape reality through art and machines. We were weighing concerns about Virtual Reality vs. Augmented Reality vs. Mixed Reality long before we had the technology to make it possible.
Technology has caught up with fiction, and market analysts expect strong growth for the VR industry.
VR and AR Meet MR
First of all, let's describe the terms. Virtual Reality may be used as an umbrella word to describe other technologies close to, but distinct from, the experience of Virtual Reality. So what is the difference between Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality? Here are a few more details:
VR is one of the most well recognized of these technologies. It's interactive, which tricks the senses into believing that you're in a different place or universe separate from the real world. Using a head-mounted display (HMD) or a headset, you can enter a computer-generated world of images and sounds in which you can manipulate objects and walk around using haptic controls when connected to a console or PC.
AR overlays digital knowledge on the components of the physical world. Pokémon GO * is one of the most well-known examples. Increased reality keeps the real-world central but enhances it with other digital information, layering new strata of perception and complementing your reality or environment.
MR puts together real-world and digital elements. In mixed Reality, you communicate with and control physical and virtual objects and environments using next-generation sensing and imaging technologies. Mixed Reality lets you see and immerse yourself in the world around you, even as you communicate with a virtual environment using your own hands — all without ever removing your headset. It offers the opportunity to have one foot (or hand) in the real world and the other in an imaginary environment, to break down simple concepts between real and imaginary, providing an experience that can change the way you play and function today.
Using Virtual Reality Technologies
From gaming to film to medicine, the applications of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality are expanding.
1.Healthcare — For preparation, for example, in surgical simulations.
2.Film and TV — Create unique experiences for movies and shows.
3.Digital travel — For virtual journeys to an art museum — or to another planet — all from home.
4.Professional sports — Training systems such as STRIVR to support pro and amateur athletes.
5.Gaming — For more than 1,000 games currently available, from first-person shooters to strategy games to role-playing adventures.
What You’ll Need: Headsets
There are many, many VR headsets available, all with varying levels of performance and prices. Entry-level equipment, such as Google Cardboard *, uses your mobile phone as a screen, whereas PC-based devices, such as HTC Vive * or Oculus Rift *, are immersive — providing a premium VR setting. Microsoft recently revealed its Windows * 10 Mixed Reality platform, which initially uses completely immersive headsets provided by Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung.
Some AR headphones are available on the market today, with more news coming in the future. Examples of this are Microsoft Hololens *, Google Glass *, and the Meta 2 * headset.
Each PC-connected HMD will have different system specifications, so if you're purchasing a new Virtual Reality headset, be sure to consult with the HMD vendor about their recommended and minimum system requirements.
What You’ll Need: Computers
If you're looking for a new computer and you're interested in VR, you will need something that can handle heavy loads. When it comes to high-end desktops or laptops for Virtual Reality (and other advanced activities such as gaming or video editing), the CPU, GPU, and memory are the most critical components.
Without these high-performing sync elements, you might have a pretty miserable experience. A robust machine would make you have fun learning in, standing up, or walking around. VR that lags makes it difficult for the virtual world to react as you intend, leading to more than disappointment; it raises the risk of motion sickness.
A high-end processor helps positional tracking and monitors how real and interactive the virtual world is so that you can enjoy a more in-depth experience in a higher-fidelity environment. Consider the new generation Intel CoreTM i7 processor for a great VR experience.
Choose Your Experience
New VR and AR innovations and products remain on the market, making new worlds available to the masses. Virtual, Augmented, Mixed — the option for a new reality is up to you. Let your creativity, and your ability to try new gears improve your experience!