HTC Vive’s first community event and new product launch



At the start of this weekend, Virtuality got the pleasure of attending the reveal of HTC Vive’s new device that will be launched in the Middle East over the next few weeks.

This device enables HTC virtual reality headsets to operate wirelessly. It is small and compact, and gets attached to the headset directly.

HTC’s focus when it comes to VR is the gaming industry, with Beat Saber as their most popular game.

Daniel Khayat, Head of Product and Viveport in the Middle Eastern and African region, presented HTC Vive’s very own app store; Viveport, through which this game and many others can be downloaded.

Not only have HTC Vive launched this new product, but they also released news of their official community of “Vivers.” Vivers using their headsets with subscriptions to Viveport will be invited to community meets, and can earn points that come with different benefits by meeting certain requirements and playing the “Game of The Month.”

The rest of the evening included good conversation and food; a great start to this new community, while we got to try out the wireless VR headsets. Beat Saber is a must-play!

Uses for Virtual Reality in Dubai


Dubai is a world of its own, becoming bigger and more technologically advanced with each development and event.

Here we will discuss three areas where Dubai is making use of VR technology.

1. Gaming and Entertainment
One of Dubai’s most recent additions to its theme parks is the VR Park at Dubai Mall. Making use of VR and AR technology, VR Park immerses its visitors in different worlds for fun games and experiences that challenge reality.

Hub Zero and Virtual Worlds are other gaming facilities that makes use of virtual reality. These are a great alternative to outdoor theme parks in the summer heat!

2. Tourism
Dubai is a world-favourite tourist destination, with over 15.8 million people visiting the city in 2017. It goes without saying, then, that the tourism industry is a huge generator of income in the UAE.

The Burj Khalifa – currently the tallest building in the world – uses VR technology to capture the attention of guests. A simulator immerses guests in a four minute parachuting experience from the top of the Burj and into the Musical Fountains.

3. Medical
Not everything in Dubai is about the fun and games. The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention announced that they will be implementing VR into the medical industry, making way for many benefits to patients.

VR technology has been scientifically proven to assist in overcoming a lot of the after effects that stroke patients experience. By being immersed into a different world, patients are able to go through rehabilitation in the comfort of their own homes instead of at a medical facility.

It will be interesting to see how VR, and AR, keep Dubai at the forefront of innovation.

An Introduction to Augmented Reality


We have shared – and will continue to do so – a lot of information on Virtual Reality. In this article, though, we are going to have some fun with Augmented Reality.

AR, like VR, has many benefits and so is used in many industries. It brings other worlds into our own, and allows us to visualise our current space as it would be with added elements.

Augmented Reality is easy to use on different devices, and is a lot more portable than VR technology as it does not require additional gear.

Pokemon Go and IKEA Place are two great examples of applications with successful implementation of AR technology; one with great entertainment value, while the other brings value to retailers and consumers.

It has been recorded from surveys that 70% of consumers find using AR technology beneficial to their daily lives. 69% reported that it was easier to learn different skills that they need for the workplace. 62% found that AR technology added positively to shopping and medical experiences.

Similarly to VR technology, AR can be used in training and education, the food and beverage industry and hospitality, retail, gaming, and marketing.

How VR Benefits the Dubai Real Estate Industry


The reason new technology becomes popular is because of how beneficial it is to industry processes in making them easier and also more affordable. Virtual reality technology brings with it many conveniences and these directly affect the Dubai real estate industry in the following three ways:

1. Comfort Zone
It is now possible to digitally capture a space in the form of an interactive, 3D virtual tour. These tours allow buyers to view the property without physically having to visit it. This gives buyers the ability to view many properties from the comfort of their current homes, or in the hospitality of the broker’s office.

2. Time Saver
One of the most obvious benefits, especially with the above in mind, is that VR tours can save both buyers, brokers, and sellers a lot of time. Instead of driving around to each listed property, they can all be viewed in one location. VR tours can also help buyers eliminate properties they would like to physically view by seeing them first in VR.

3. Online Marketing
VR tours are also a great way to market properties online. These tours can be embedded into websites and emails which makes for easy distribution. In addition to this, some VR tours even allow snapshots to be taken within the tour which provides photographic content for online marketing of the property.

There are many other benefits; such as not having to bring potential tenants to view a property while another tenant is living there, and VR can be partnered with AR and 3D technology to enhance the experience as a whole.

Have a look at an example of a VR tour of a listed property here.