Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality

How AR/VR is Impacting the Education Sector

September 16, 2021
Work-from-home

We have come a long way from using blackboards and chalks to teach at schools. Technology has improved several areas in the education sector, such as how teachers teach, the materials they use, and how they assess their students. Students can now learn over the internet without being in a physical class, something we were forced to do this last year. Nevertheless, there are still several ways the education sector can be improved to engage students better and increase the retention of what they learn at school.

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality have shown how useful they can be in several industries, and the education industry isn’t left out. People learn better when they engage more of their senses while learning. Traditional classrooms engage only the eyes and ears most of the time. AR/VR brings a much more immersive learning experience to the classroom, making retention and recollection easier for students.

How Is AR/VR Used In Education Today?

There are several ways AR/VR is used in the education sector today. Below are just some of them.

Teaching Complex Topics

Some topics in science can be tough to teach and even harder to comprehend. Subjects like “human anatomy” become significantly easier to understand when taught with VR or AR. There are already several VR and AR applications out there for teaching kids about various science topics such as 3D Organon VR Anatomy, Elements 4D, and so on.

Virtual Field Trips

Schools try to complement what their students learn in their classrooms by taking them on field trips to see the things they learn in real life. Because of distant locations, cost, and safety concerns, some of these locations would be difficult to visit. With virtual field trips, all these problems cease to be.

All the kids have to do is put on a VR headset, and they are instantly ‘transported’ to the location their teachers have chosen. Platforms like Google Expeditions have a lot of AR and VR tours to pick from.

Medical Education And Training

Medical practitioners undergo a lot of training before they get certified to work on patients. This training is usually difficult, and one of the reasons for that is the limited way students have to study the human body. With AR and VR, medical students can now study the human body in detail.

They can virtually dissect the body, rotate it, zoom in for a closer look, and much more. Microsoft, with its mixed reality headset, the HoloLens (or HoloLens 2), is a major player in this area and has several projects and apps for medical students such as HoloAnatomy, HoloPatient, and HoloLens for Education.

Conclusion

Learning with AR or VR is a much better experience for students, especially young kids. Children learn faster when they can interact with what they are learning. They are more engaged and less distracted by the world around them. Also, as we mentioned earlier, AR and VR make it easier to understand complex concepts and topics through simulations and 3D diagrams.


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Virtual Reality

The Oculus Quest Line Receives A Series of Impressive Updates

September 3, 2021
Oculus Quest 2 Firmware Updates

Exactly one month after the Quest 2 was launched, Oculus, clearly not done for the year, released a series of updates to the Quest 2 and its predecessor, the Quest. The company released a v23 software update that includes new features such as app gifting, system-level fitness tracking, and 90Hz support for the Quest 2. The same day the software update was announced, Oculus Link also exited beta, more than a year after it was first announced. The updates are detailed below.

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Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality

How Close Are We To Realistic Virtual Events?

August 3, 2021
Virtual Event Pro Illustration

If you’ve attended a meeting in the past year and a half, social or work-related, there’s a good chance that more than 90% of those meetings were held online. Even after social distancing and lockdown policies were eased the percentage only dropped slightly, making it clear that online meetings are here to stay. While online meetings became the norm due to necessity, their advantages cannot be denied. But like a lot of useful things, it also has several demerits.

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Virtual Reality

Pico Interactive Releases New VR Headset, The Pico Neo 3

July 2, 2021
Pico Neo VR Headsets Flagship Models

Pico Interactive recently launched a consumer-facing VR headset called the Pico Neo 3. Like its predecessor, the Neo 2 Lite, the headset is available in China only. Perhaps the company felt it wasn’t ready to take on the Quest 2, one of the best standalone headsets around, just yet. Nevertheless, in a country where Oculus headsets are banned, Pico certainly has little competition to deal with.

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Mixed Reality

XR Startup — Lynx, To Launch Headset Early Next Year, Kickstarter September This Year

June 10, 2021
Lynx VR Headset

Early last year, in February, XR startup Lynx announced that they would be launching a new device, the Lynx R-1. More than a year later, the company is yet to release the headset due to delays and modifications being made. But considering the various updates and additions made to the headsets, perhaps the wait will be worth it. 

The Lynx R-1, a standalone mixed reality headset capable of VR and passthrough AR, was first announced as an enterprise-targeted device, set to launch at around $1500. The company, having pivoted, now plans to launch the headset for both businesses and consumers. After several updates and additions, the headset will be launching at well below a thousand, just a few hundred dollars. 

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Augmented Reality

IKEA’s New AR App Takes Interior Design To A New Level

May 12, 2021
Ikea AR App Place Cover

IKEA has been one of the foremost names in the AR application space ever since its debut AR app, IKEA Place. It has since dedicated resources through its design and research lab, SPACE10, to explore the future of home technology. Combining the latest developments in spatial computing and IKEA’s knowledge of interior decor, SPACE10, developed a new AR application called IKEA Studio. Unlike IKEA Place where you can check out how a furniture item might fit in a space, IKEA Studio lets you design an entire room right from your phone.

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Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality Boots That Let You Walk Around in VR Experiences

April 5, 2021
VR-Boots-by-Ekto-One

In an ideal virtual reality experience, we would be able to see, hear, smell, and feel things as we move around the virtual world. We should be able to go wherever we want, provided we can get there on foot. While we can do some of these things with the VR gear currently available on the market,  the VR industry is still quite far from achieving this ideal virtual experience.

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Virtual Reality

Enjoy PC VR Games Wirelessly With Oculus Air Link

March 12, 2021
Person wearing Oculus Quest 2 introducing Oculus Air Link

Oculus entered the consumer VR market with PC-based headsets, Rift and Rift S. They both have a long cable attached to the headset that you plug into your PC. While this limited users’ movement and broke the immersive experience, the Rift and Rift S had better quality games like Asgard’s Wrath, Lone Echo, and Stormland. In the past, one had to choose between playing better quality games with the Rift or Rift S(or using Oculus Link with Quest headsets) or enjoying more freedom with Quest or Quest 2.

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Augmented Reality

Why We Might Be Getting An Apple AR Glasses Soon

February 6, 2021
Apple AR Glasses

Apple is one of the biggest consumer tech companies alongside giants like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. It has been manufacturing various gadgets from iPhones to MacBooks to smart speakers. With augmented and virtual reality trending in recent times, and several VR and AR headsets popping up, you’d expect that Apple would have one of theirs by now.

Facebook, Google, and Microsoft already have at least one product on the market, but there has been nothing from Apple so far. There have been several rumors that Apple is working on a pair of AR glasses. Apple in its usual manner did not comment, but recent discoveries by some developers and the purchase of certain companies have led us to believe that Apple might release a pair of AR glasses soon.

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Augmented Reality

Top 5 AR Headsets/ Smart Glasses of 2020

January 7, 2021
Group of people using Microsoft Hololens 2

The augmented reality industry has come a long way since it became mainstream with products like Pokémon Go and Google Glass. We have since seen several AR products and applications come up. While the majority of the AR products currently on the market are phone-based, there have been several AR headsets and smart glasses developed in the past years. In this article, we discuss five of the best AR wearable devices of 2020 you can buy right now.

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