In September 2019, Oculus announced that they would release a hand tracking software update to their Oculus Quest. When this announcement was made it wasn’t certain they could pull it off. Well, they did. Starting early December 2019, they began rolling out software updates to enable hand tracking on the Quest headsets, albeit experimentally.
Ever since HTC and Oculus released their first headsets in 2016, there have been major advances made in the VR industry and hand tracking is just one of them. Let’s go back a couple of years and examine what the first headsets were like.
It is no news that the novel coronavirus has changed the year completely. Some countries are under lockdown, industries, and economies are suffering. As a result, many companies are looking to innovate and provide value so as to avoid massive layoffs.
In times like this, the importance of Virtual Reality shows itself. In the past, Virtual Reality was considered a luxury. However, it is clear now that it should be more of a necessity. In this article, you’ll see why VR becomes more useful during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- E-Commerce Blossoms
- Online Learning Is Now a Necessity
- Travelling Can Only Be Virtual Now
- Gaming Is on the Rise
Whenever trending technologies are being discussed, augmented reality, and its more popular counterpart, virtual reality always come up. The potential of extended reality to us as humans is tremendous, so its popularity doesn’t come as a surprise. While augmented reality hasn’t been getting as much attention as virtual reality, you can rest assured that advancements are being made in this field, albeit at a slower pace than virtual reality.
We have definitely come a long way from Ivan Sutherland’s Sword of Damocles, the first augmented reality headset which he invented in 1968. Though it wasn’t until 1990 Tom Caudell, a Boeing researcher coined the term ‘augmented reality.’ Augmented reality has been in existence as far back as the 1960s, but it was in the early 2000s that it actually gained prominence.
For the past couple of years, the extended reality (AR, VR, and MR) industry has seen a lot of growth in Singapore. There are several extended reality companies in Singapore, some of them indigenous to the country. This growth isn’t because of the private sector alone, as there are also several government institutions making use of extended reality.
In this article, we would show you several places in Singapore where extended reality is used, particularly Augmented Reality.
The VR industry in Singapore has been flourishing over the past couple of years. There are now several VR companies indigenous to Singapore in operation, not just in Asia, but in other parts of the world. There are also non-indigenous VR companies in Singapore. Each of these companies caters to various aspects of virtual reality, from VR content creation to the production of VR headsets.
A good number of these companies are VR entertainment companies and are focused on immersive movies and games. But there are several other applications of virtual reality in Singapore. Check them out below.
Augmented and Virtual Reality in Singapore, is more than a technology for catching fun or playing games. It can contribute immensely to the engineering industry and has the potential to open the doors to limitless possibilities for many engineering projects.
VR and AR can help businesses and governments make more money from their engineering projects. Therefore it won’t be long before it becomes the norm in this industry. In this article, there will be a look at four reasons why AR and VR in engineering will be massive in the nearest future.
These are the four reasons to be discussed:
- It Creates an Immersive Simulation Experience
- It Creates Better Training Experiences for New Engineers
- It Can be Used for Better Product Designs
- It Saves Costs In the Long Run
While virtual and augmented reality has gained lots of attention in recent times, they are not new technologies and have been around for many years. Looking at the progress of the technology over the years, there is no doubt that virtual and augmented reality would have an impact on a lot of industries including the business industry.
How would this technology impact businesses in the nearest future, let’s say ten years? Without wasting much time, let’s take a look at the ways in which virtual and augmented reality would disrupt businesses.
Virtual reality is probably the hottest buzzword in the world of media and entertainment as well as science. In the past few years, the technology has seen significant improvements and applications. With the technology now available to masses the development in the sector has continued to witness a steady rise. Virtual Reality in Singapore is now one of the most researched technology especially in the field of entertainment. The following are some of the benefits of VR that it can bring to your organization.
HTC Vive Pro is a newly launched version of the virtual reality headset. The headset does come with version 2.0 base stations, 2 controllers, and a new headphone which boasts higher immersion allow users in making it an upgradable option. HTC Vive Pro is probably the first consumer-focused virtual reality headset and it is backed up by Valve and its mighty Steam marketplace. It entered the market with room-scale tracking and a pair of motion controllers.
This powerful virtual reality headset offers a wonderful experience that cannot be compared with its expensive price and the money to purchase a powerful PC that can power them. HTC Vive Pro has come up with a no-holds-barred premium virtual reality experience that summarizes the development of advanced technology.
It has an upgraded physical headset design with a wonderful look. The previous HTC Vive headset 1.0 was built with a well fitted elastic strap that is meant to keep the headset in position while being comfortable. The challenge users encounter with the previous version of HTC Vive is the weight of the gadget. The headset is heavyweight over the front face which pulls your head forward and possibly could cause some pain on the neck but HTC Vive Pro has good weight distributed strap which ensures an even weight distribution across the head, it reduces the risk of having neck pain.
What is Mixed Reality (MR)?
Mixed Reality which is also known as MR, is an advanced technology that merges real and virtual worlds to create new visualizations, surroundings, and environments where digital objects co-exist and interact in real-time with a physical object. It takes place in both the virtual world and the physical world by mixing the physical and virtual reality which encompasses both augmented reality and augmented virtual reality through immersive technology. MR is used to classify the continuum of reality technology but as an independent concept by combing the concept of virtual and augmented reality. It covers all likely compositions and variation of real and virtual objects when it is used to classified classify the larger scope of reality technology. Mixed reality enables users to interact with objects with their real-world which is powered by the real-world presence of intelligent virtual objects.
It is a virtual space where people or real objects are completely transformed into virtual worlds which produce new environment and visualizations harboring physical and digital objects interacting in real-time. The continuum of mixed reality ranges from a real and natural environment to an absolute virtual environment. The digital world reacts to both the user and its physical environment while the user interacts with the digital world. Continue Reading…