VR is one of the most popular topics today and the world is pay attention to it. If you get a VR device or are thinking about it, you definitely stand on the top of the trend. VR is like the other hot topic that people heard it again and again, and some people may have some idea about it. But would you really know what VR is? Are you sure that you don’t have any misunderstand of VR technology? Here, a specialist clear 5 misunderstand of VR in an interview.
VR, AR, or MR is the same
Let’s show the definition of these three from Wikipedia first.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer technology that replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user’s physical presence and environment to allow for users interaction.
Augmented Reality (AR) is a life direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics, or GPS data.
Mixed Reality (MR) is the merging of real and virtual world to produce new environments and visualizations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.
Comparing these three, VR artificially create sensory experience, which can include sight, touch, hearing, and smell to separate you from the real world, While AR is to take something in front of you, such as the most popular game Pokemon Go. MR is a mix of reality and virtual reality, which is taking something into your reality. It is possible to let VR simulate in 6 degree of freedom without peripheral equipment. But a real-time SLAM is need, which is a technology used by Tango and HoloLens. Tango has is technical restriction: high power consumption and slow responding, which can be improved step by step.
The VR product in the market is matured product
Most products in the market are initial products, such as Oculus VR, Google VR, and Playstation VR and Gear VR from Sony. Vive VR from HTC may be better than others, but it is expensive and hard to install. The entire problem for VR products is disability to move free. Even AR products are far away from mature.
There are many technologies need to be come over. Here is an example. If it relies on one VR gear to realize completely immersive environmental simulation, the gear itself should have strong ability to observe reality and to track. Oculus is exploiting a new technology called inside out tracking to release VR from the dependence of peripheral equipment and to observe and track directly through headset.
VR is 3D camera
When the product is presented to the public, it can only be shown by a traditional way like video. This always cause misunderstand. ZSpace is exploiting some virtual product to make users become VR viewers with a glass instead of real VR products. But, in fact, a real VR product is the best way to show its effect to a viewer.
VR can do everything
Most people think that you can be an actor in a movie, game, or other scenes when wearing VR and VR product will bring you to experience the whole process, which is totally wrong. One key in VR is reality and VR bring an experience of simulating reality. That means, you need to move in reality to cause the activity in virtual reality. For example, you will walk in virtual reality when you walk in reality. This is why there are many challenges to exploit.
Human will live in VR in the future
This is a exaggerate statement. Even though the dizzy problem may be solved in the future, you will meet a great change when completely entering a new environment, which is not easy to stand. Moreover, VR will still keep the high price in a long time. VR is not like the Internet. It is not just an information carrier, but also a completely different and full-scaled way to experience word. So it will be too hard for people to stand this drastic experience.
How the future does looks like for VR? We can just wait and see. For now, hope you understand about VR technology deeper after read this.
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