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Introduction to Virtual & Augmented Realities

Introduction to Virtual & Augmented Realities

What are Virtual and Augmented Realities?

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) is the set of applications that alter reality as perceived by the human eyes. More specifically, VR introduces a computer generated total immersive experience, where the human is completely cut out from the real world. AR on the contrary superposes images from the virtual world onto the real world.

How does it work?

For VR and AR experiences to be designed, virtual environments or virtual assets in 3D format are designed, using programming languages such as Unity or Unreal Engine.

To immerse the human eyes into the virtual world, an individual must adorn a virtual headset. Some of the most popular VR headsets include Oculus, HTC Vive and Samsun Gear.

To superpose AR assets onto the real world, only a screen mirroring device is needed such as a phone. Using AR, you might see a dancing elephant in your living room, when it actuality such elephant isn’t real.

The next level of AR/VR is Mixed Reality (MR). MR A popular AR goggle also superposes the virtual world into the real world, the way AR does it. Except that to do so, one must adorn an MR goggle. When wearing such a goggle, an individual will be able to interact with a virtual asset in a real world setting, the same way he or she would do it in VR or in the real world.

A popular MR goggle are Hololens and Magic Leap.

What do you do with it?

The applications of AR/VR/MR are numerous and allow to analyze spatial information without the need of physical representation. AR/VR/MR are used for a variety of activities and sectors including education, manufacturing, healthcare, construction, marketing and more…

What are companies doing with it?

Thanks to AR/VR/MR, companies are able to provide simulated training when real world training might be too costly or dangerous. For example, AR/VR/MR might be used to train pilots, soldiers, nuclear zone workers, oil rig workers, medical practitioners and more…

They might also be used to simulate physical closeness and enhance work collaboration between individuals located in different parts of the globe.

In the music industry, they are used to throw affordable and global virtual concerts that widen an artist reach.

Finally, they might be used to fully represent the state and size of a building still in construction, to entice real estate clients to invest in the building before completion and much more…

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