Locomotion and Motion in Virtual Reality Experiences

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Virtual Reality is all about immersion, and the success of a virtual experience lies in how convinced a person is that they are no longer a part of physical reality.

This is why many virtual reality experiences incorporate locomotive and motion sensor hardware to make experiences more realistic and synchronized. Below are a few types of locomotive and motion detecting hardware options that are being used to enhance virtual reality experiences.

  1. Hand-held controllers

Movement through hand-held controllers is enabled by clicking on different points within the experience to teleport there. This type of movement is guided by a faded transition.

Movement and locomotion in Virtual Reality VR

 

  1. Trackers

These are sensors that go on your hands and feet. The hardware translates the movements you make into the game. These trackers can also be in the form of gloves, and can also be attached to certain objects.

Locomotive hardware for Virtual Reality

 

Movement in Virtual Reality experiences

  1. VR treadmill

A virtual reality treadmill operates exactly as a fitness treadmill. It allows you to explore the virtual world in which you are immersed by walking through it. It is limited to only forward and backwards steps, but is not limited by pace. The speed at which you choose to walk or run is translated into the virtual experience.

Movement in Virtual Reality

 

  1. Omni-directional treadmill

This hardware functions as the VR treadmill, but is not limited by direction. It is a circular piece of equipment, with barriers for the user’s balance and also to prevent walking too quickly and off of the treadmill. This allows users to explore the virtual space in any direction and at any pace they choose.

Locomotive Hardware for Virtual Reality

 

Locomotive hardware for Virtual Reality

Augmented Reality Updates to Google Search

BY KAYLA NOBREGA

 

Google has recently announced updates to Google search.

There are a few new features such as Google top stories, Google Assistant and Lens, Augmented Reality, and 3D objects. The one that has interested us the most is Augmented Reality.

Google is implementing Augmented Reality in their search results as a means for users to interact with their search topics in more depth.

For example; if you search up an animal, you can place the animal in your home, classroom, or workplace through Augmented Reality. This will allow you to interact with the animal, and view it from all angles. You can view its movement, and make learning about a topic more exciting.

 

 

This Augmented Reality feature in Google search will also work for online retail purposes. If you would like to see what a piece of furniture would look like in your home before you buy it, you can search it up on Google and augment it into the room.

The Augmented Reality update should be available by the end of May!