Virtual Reality is it the future?

AR & VR technologies continue to impress and evolve but will it drastically change life as we know it?

May 31, 2018

The difference between Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality is quite simple, in VR you can swim under water with dolphins in a more immersive situation. With AR you can watch the dolphins jump out of your sink.

If you
asked a group of people about Augmented Reality, you’d probably get some mixed
reactions but the majority would be a positive; ‘Technology can only move
forward.’ While that is accurate, I have to wonder if the introduction of widespread AR would really change the way we live our lives that much.

The movie Ready Player One was released earlier this year and gave viewers the opportunity to
imagine what AR could do to enhance their game play and it really does use some incredible technology, but the players were more invested in the game play than their actual lives which surely isn't something we as a nation want to happen. Surprisingly enough there are working prototypes of some of the headsets and AR machinery used
within the film.

VR, SmarterEveryDay, Youtube, AR
Click the image to watch the video!

I recently
discovered the YouTube channel
and his videos where he discusses Augmented Reality, specifically

and the technology displayed in these videos is simply
outstanding. The mere
idea of wearing a headset and a glove and physically being able to pick
something up that isn’t really there and to feel as if it is, is as astonishing
as it is fast approaching. Of course you could just go outside and actually
pick up a stick or spider, but it’s simply not the same as standing in your
room and holding a fox in the palm of your hand.

There is a
company based in California called Infinadeck and they currently have a working
prototype of what they call The Infinadeck. The Infinadeck is an AR headset/harness
connected to an omnidirectional treadmill. This combination of technology
allows players to immerse themselves into an alternate reality both mentally
and physically, just like the in the movie Ready Player One. When they move their feet in the physical world, the player’s
avatar takes the same steps in the Augmented Reality while the omnidirectional
treadmill works to keep you centred at all times insuring safe game play.

The
contents in these videos fascinated me and for the first time I honestly
believed VR could be big one day. Don't believe me? Why not check out the video above for yourself? The idea of being able to fully immerse myself
into a fictional world while walking on a treadmill at home sounds extremely
exciting. Of course, for a set up like that it would cost a large amount of
money so it will probably be years before technology like The Infinadeck would
be available for public release but it doesn’t make it any less intriguing a
concept.

There are
rumours that Apple are in the process of creating their own VR headset that
will have AR capabilities and it could potentially be available for release as
early as 2020. Of course these plans could get pushed back or scrapped all together
over the next few years but it’s still something worth mentioning. There are a
wide range of AR and VR glasses on the market, including Google glasses. Some are more
reasonably priced than others, but none have caused a massive ripple.

Pokemon Go, AR, VR, Game,

The biggest
step forward in AR was with the July 2016 launch of Pokémon GO which was a
worldwide phenomenon and had such an impact Niantic Inc had to push back
release dates outside of the US to cope with the intense traffic. Pokémon GO
made the news, everyone was talking about it, even my friends and I went out on
Pokémon walks but do you still use it now? I don’t, none
of the people I asked still use it, some of them don’t even have it on their
phones anymore which begs the question; could AR nothing but a fad? Pokémon GO was
great when it came out, but it soon disappeared into obscurity.

The
technology these companies are working on could be on their way to consumers
one day and though it could completely revolutionise the way we play games and
open a completely brand new avenue of marketing will it really change our every
day lives indefinitely? It seems like we’re going to have to wait for
technology to catch up to find out.

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