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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holograms as a concept have existed since the 1940’s. Holograms currently exist by a variety of means, each with its own benefits and limitations.
One of the limitations of holograms is that they are not fully interactive. Trying to touch a hologram could interfere with how the lazer is reflecting the image, and so interrupt the holographic image on display.
This limitation has been overcome by a team of Japanese scientists from the Digital Nature Group. Using short lazer pulses at very short intervals, a hologram is created that can be felt. The hologram itself reacts to touch by changing shape or moving away.
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!
Three of our team members; Louis Ambroise, Nairah Thaha, and Fabian Pulido, entered the Snapchat “Think with AR” creative competition.
The creative brief was to design a Snapchat lens to encourage users to donate to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Their cause is to help children in countries affected by war.
The Snapchat filters were assessed based on three criteria; informing users of what is happening in Diffa, Niger, encouraging them to donate to MSF, and creativity. Below is the Snapchat filter our team conceptualized and produced:
Our Snapchat filter was awarded first place. Well done to our team!
Virtual Reality training for emergency response units applies similarly to Virtual Reality training for HSE inspections.
A trainee can be immersed in any kind of environment, and face any kind of emergency situation through Virtual Reality. VR provides a risk-free way to experience and explore different scenarios to give the trainee experience they need without putting their lives in danger.
Training content can be broken up into different categories. Scenario training, where users are immersed into different situations. Equipment training where they get to explore the different equipment that they are required to use. In VR, notes can be added to show instructions and trainees can experiment with the equipment to learn about it. Because this is digital resources are not wasted and a trainee can spend as much time with each piece of equipment as they need.
Through the VR experience, conversations with people can be simulated as well. This can be used to teach trainees about how to deal with the people at the scene of the emergency situation. They can learn how to deal with panic, crying, anger and frustration, as well as fear. People skills are essential to responding to emergency situations and can be developed through Virtual Reality Training.
Virtual Reality Training software also enables supervisors to monitor their trainee’s progress. This helps give an indication of areas where they excel, and areas that require improvement. This assists both the company and trainee to direct the training more effectively.
Your company already has content for the different operations that happen throughout the different departments. Are the booklets being read? Are the user and maintenance guides being used for their intended purpose?
People do not refer to guides unless they are needed, and when they are needed it is usually due to an urgent matter. Augmented Reality makes your content easily accessible and helps display it in a way that is easy to follow and understand.
Augmented Reality adds a layer of entertainment to the information as well. Content that is important can also be displayed in a way that makes it exciting to look at; AR does this in a way that makes sense and engages the viewer.
Use of Augmented Reality technology enables a company to have their own mobile application which can be used internally, or by consumers as well.
Below is an example of how Augmented Reality guides work.
One of the benefits of Virtual Reality is that a user can be immersed in any kind of environment, and experience a number of different circumstances as if they were actually happening. This is why Virtual Reality is the perfect training to tool for Health and Safety inspections.
Virtual Reality Training is risk-free, but because of how realistically it influences a user’s senses it gives life-like experience. This means that Health and Safety Executives can learn how to manage dangerous situations without their lives being put in danger to gain the experience they need.
For example, a fire can be simulated through a Virtual Reality experience and without the risk of getting burned or inhaling smoke, the trainee can experiment with the different tools required to put out the fire. Other dangers to consider such as electrical cables being present, or needed to evacuate people can also be simulated to ensure the trainee is fully equipped for real life situations.
HSE Training is broad and needs to cover a few areas. The type of training covered is dependent on the industry as well as the country in which the company is operating – due to different laws in place for Health and Safety requirements.
Below is an example of the kind of Virtual Reality training that can be done for the mining industry. You will note that the training is customized to the industry and the company.
There are many benefits to using Virtual Reality to train staff:
It is found that Virtual Reality Training saves time. KFC’s traditional training of kitchen staff took an average of 30 minutes, whereas their Virtual Reality training content takes 10 minutes for staff to complete.
Virtual Reality training can be completed as many times as a user may need. This does not require a trainer to be available to host a training session more than once.
Easy to monitor
Staff can be assessed through Virtual Reality. Supervisors can evaluate staff progress and pinpoint areas of excellence as well as areas where improvement is required. Staff can also do this for themselves and be active in the direction of their own training.
Good Monetary Investment
The hardware for Virtual Reality training can be bought or rented through an agency. Training content is custom-made to fit the existing training modules of the business.
Virtual Reality training is fully immersive and highly interactive. The training can be gamified which creates an objective and reward system that enhances the trainee’s learning experience. Information that is shared in an engaging and entertaining way is more likely to be remembered than traditional textbook and classroom training.
Social Media has changed how we communicate with loved ones, for business, and with brands. Just when you thought more change in communication was not possible, Virtual Reality is adding another level to how you interact with people online.
Social Virtual Reality is where users can immerse themselves in the online world to communicate with other users as a customized avatar. You can liken social Virtual Reality to live interaction; it is face-to-face. Social Virtual Reality allows you to virtually appear in front of someone who is sitting on the other side of the world.
Social Virtual Reality is a fun way to interact with people online. Not only can you have a conversation with them, but you can dance, explore different environments, and even go shopping online together.
One of the best platforms for Social Virtual Reality is vTime. You can sit with three other people in a campfire-like style in different environments – including outer space and under the sea – and have a conversation.
Social Virtual Reality is an innovation which is enhancing our online experiences.