Virtual reality is an interactive-computer generated experience which allows the users to experience a simulated environment by using VR devices like headsets and consoles. This technology can be described as something that could make someone virtually present in a programmed environment. There is a need for a secluded area when accessing the virtual reality.
The current virtual reality technology, as mentioned earlier, uses VR headsets, or multi-projected environment to generate more realistic images and environment. Virtual headset is a head-mounted display with a small screen in front of the eyes. It also has stereo sound, eye and head motion tracking sensor. It provides virtual reality for the wearer. There are some virtual reality headsets that are designed for smart mobile phones. The smartphone is inserted in an enclosed box in front of the headset. The content is viewed in the front of the screen itself rather than using dedicated internal display.
Haptic system is another VR system that includes transmission of the vibrations and other motions to the user. This is most commonly known as the game controller and is widely used in gaming and military training applications. VR gaming can be very sensible with the use of motion controllers. This, together with virtual headset and other peripherals, is giving virtual reality a new life.
Augmented reality (AR) on the other hand, is also a technology that turns visual effect into reality by over laying a surface with 3D motioning objects. Unlike virtual reality, this technology doesn’t need any special system like VR headset and VR controller. Downloading an AR capable app is all a user need to create reality from a visual effect.
AR works on many different ways. It works on smartphones, computers, televisions and smart glasses and lenses. Unlike VR, there are tons of AR applications available for download on app stores. From gaming to business tools, there is surely an AR app that suits anyone’s need. One example of an AR app is the widely known application, Snapchat. Because of its floodgate hit in the market, Snapchat, from adding visual effects on videos and photos, is now bringing real-life shopping experience through their “Shoppable AR”. This lets the user tap a button and open up a webpage where the user can shop the featured products.
In totally, AR is wider in scope than VR. AR technology can be collaborated in any sectors- education, engineering, business, creative and many more. It is likely to be more sellable than VR and anyone can have an access to eat just by having a smartphone.