Virtual Reality Films - VR on Cloud. It is very difficult to meet someone who doesn’t enjoy watching movies. Film making has been evolving by leaps and bounds – it is indeed difficult to imagine a time not so long ago when people stood with amazement while watching silent black-and-white films. We have come a long way since then, with Hollywood producing films with huge budgets and spectacular special effects.
Every year, we see films getting better and better, with studios and filmmakers attempting to make movie-watching a more engaging and immersive experience. What if you could watch a movie while being ‘in it’? What if you could watch a film in the realm of virtual reality? Imagine watching a thrilling action film in virtual reality. Virtual reality works are already creating news at film festivals like Sundance, with famous directors like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott working on VR projects which are ‘top secret’. It is easy to see that virtual reality has the potential to create a revolution.
The Most Popular VR Viewers - VR on Cloud. In the past, virtual reality was seen as ‘all hype’. Today, all that has changed – in fact, 2016 has begun with a bang for virtual reality. This year, virtual reality is quickly becoming a mainstream technology with many consumer VR headsets taking the market by storm. Many big names are now associated with virtual reality, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and HTC. There are many who suggest that even Apple may be interested in virtual reality. Let us look at a few of the most popular virtual reality viewers. One of the most popular VR viewers available today is Google Cardboard.
Another popular VR viewer is the Zeiss VR One headset. One of the most popular VR viewers is the Oculus Rift, which is available for pre-order at $599, with the non-developer Rift featuring a 110-degree viewing angle, 2160 x 1200 resolution, built-in audio, etc. Virtual reality is a very versatile technology with a range of applications across multiple fields.
Save. The Success Of Virtual Reality Devices - VR on Cloud. Virtual reality is quickly becoming a very popular technology with many big companies like Facebook, Google, Samsung, etc., giving the virtual reality sector a lot of attention. That virtual reality and augmented reality could become a $110 billion business in 5 years is a prediction that has been made by Goldman Sachs. In 2016, HTC Vive is the second major high-end VR headset to have gone on sale after Oculus VR’s Rift head-mounted display in January. HTC Vive is a PC peripheral that is to be worn over the eyes and ears, enabling the user to feel as if they are within a game or a virtual environment, making them feel as if they are ‘actually there’. One of the features that set HTC Vive apart from the competition is the extra sensors which track the user’s movements within a room.
It has been revealed that after going on sale for pre-order, more than 15,000 HTC Vive VR kits got sold in the first 10 minutes. Save. A Virtual Reality Boom In 2016 - VR on Cloud. It has been claimed that a range of virtual reality headsets are being developed by Google to compete with HTC, Oculus and other companies making virtual reality headsets. The success of Google Cardboard is very well-known. It is indeed commendable how the company was able to make a low-cost device made of simple cardboard take virtual reality to the masses. The device uses a smart-phone as the display and a special app for showing 3D videos and images.
The goal was to create a simple and inexpensive way to experience virtual reality. Recent virtual reality job postings from Google seem to indicate plans of large-scale manufacturing of dedicated consumer VR hardware. There are signs of Apple building its own virtual reality systems with one sign being the hiring of a leading virtual reality researcher, Doug Bowman. Virtual reality headsets are being developed by many companies, with one of the most-awaited headsets being Oculus Rift. Apple and Virtual Reality? - VR on Cloud. Apple is a company that is associated with innovation and revolutionary products. However, Apple is not usually among the list of names currently associated with virtual reality. One hears of names like Oculus, Samsung, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, etc., when talking about virtual reality, but ‘Apple’ is often missing in this list. However, there are many signs which point towards the high possibility of Apple being interested in virtual reality’s great potential.
According to a report by Tim Bradshaw of The Financial Times, there is a division in Apple currently working on virtual reality and augmented reality. Prototype headsets have been being made by this division. While Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus for $2 billion is something that is very well-known, not many are aware that Apple has purchased at least four VR start-ups. Recently, Apple Stores started selling Mattel’s new View-Master, which is a product that can turn an iPhone into a virtual reality headset. Virtual Reality And Retail - VR on Cloud. Retailers are already looking at how customers will be shopping in the future, and it is possible that they will employ technologies like virtual reality for retaining customer interest. What is to be understood is that retail is not going to remain about products lined up on shelves or a website that looks good. The future of retail is going to be much more than that. Many retailers are taking steps like merging online and in-store efforts for gathering information regarding their customers, so as to boost sales and improve customer service.
In the future, when an online customer enters an ‘actual’ store of the retailer, the retailer may be able to use information like what the customer was looking at on the website earlier, for boosting business. In the future, retailers with online stores, but with physical stores only in major urban centres may be able to give customers in rural locations the feeling that they are actually walking through a real store while still being at home.
Virtual Reality Going Mainstream - VR on Cloud. Virtual reality is indeed attracting a lot of attention nowadays. We keep hearing of ‘Oculus Rift’, ‘Vive’, ‘Google Cardboard’, etc. It does feel like we are simply steps away from a virtual reality revolution. One important consideration regarding virtual reality is that of how mainstream the technology will become. One of the possible indicators that virtual reality will not be an exclusive and niche technology is the acquisition of Oculus by Facebook for $2 billion. In fact, virtual reality is being seen by Facebook as the next big computing platform, which depends on the technology going mainstream. In March, we had seen YouTube introducing 360-degree videos. One of the most important ways through which virtual reality will become a mainstream technology is smart-phones.
What everyone should understand is that virtual reality is a technology that is extremely versatile and can be used in multiple fields. Save. Virtual Reality and Dining - VR on Cloud. Many are acquainted with the term ‘virtual reality’ and have at least a rough idea about what it means and its many applications. However, the very same people may be surprised to know that virtual reality has applications involving food!
‘Project Nourished’ is a project that aims to connect virtual reality and dining. Imagine getting to enjoy your favourite foods and not put on weight! A dream come true, right? Or how about getting to eat foods that are literally out of this world? Or getting a little child to happily eat his vegetables? The virtual reality headset is what provides the visuals – both of the environment and the food itself. Whenever we dine at a restaurant, a significant part of the dining experience lies in the ambience – after all, it is not just about the food! Recently a blog was released by Samsung that was titled “Using Samsung Gear VR to Revolutionize the Restaurant Experience.”
The possibilities of virtual reality are indeed endless. Virtual Reality Going Mainstream - VR on Cloud. Industries Using Virtual Reality - VR on Cloud. When many people hear the term ‘virtual reality’, they tend to think of just entertainment and videogames. However, virtual reality extends far beyond simply fun and games, with many industries using the technology. Let us look at a few industries that use virtual reality and augmented reality. One industry that uses virtual reality and augmented reality is skilled trades.
For example, fields like oil and gas, and construction, have adopted the use of smart glasses. Smart glasses can make the repair of equipment quite easy as it can serve as a guide within one’s field of view. DAQRI’s smart helmet, an AR wearable, allows users to do tasks like looking through faulty pipes. Virtual reality and augmented reality is also used as a training tool in skilled trades like welding. Augmented reality and virtual reality can also be used by the retail industry. Another industry that is seeing the increasing adoption of virtual reality is real estate. Comparing Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality and Virtual Reality - VR on Cloud. Many people use the term ‘virtual reality’ to include augmented reality or mixed reality. However, there are many important differences between the three.
Let us look at a few of them. Let us first look at virtual reality, understand what it is, and then see how augmented reality and mixed reality are different from it. Virtual reality refers to experiencing a virtual environment that has been created using, and generated by, computers. This experience can be very immersive and realistic, but the virtual environment is very much an ‘illusion’ and doesn’t really exist. While the virtual world cuts off the real world in virtual reality, augmented reality doesn’t block off the real world entirely like virtual reality does, but is more of a digital overlay. Compare this to virtual reality where the device is worn around the head or held over the eyes, and may require high-powered gear for a very immersive experience. Taking A Look At Google Cardboard - VR on Cloud. In June 2014, when Google announced that it had made a virtual reality headset out of simple cardboard, not everyone took the announcement very seriously.
However, this ‘piece of cardboard’ has turned out to be a truly revolutionary product that has contributed immensely towards the revival of interest in virtual reality. The simplicity of Google Cardboard is indeed overwhelming! The Google Cardboard virtual reality viewer simply consists of cardboard, Velcro, a rubber band, two lenses and two magnets. ‘That’s it?’ You may ask. Well, it definitely does seem like that is enough for a product to be revolutionary. However, Cardboard apps are not just confined to entertainment and games, but also include valuable applications like virtual field trips. While the gadget may look extremely simple, Google had to overcome many challenges to make it work. Virtual reality is indeed a great technology with multiple applications across many fields like medicine, entertainment, real estate, etc.
Looking at Samsung Gear 360 - VR on Cloud. Many big names are now associated with virtual reality, like Samsung, Facebook, Google, etc. There are many signs that indicate that even Apple may be interested in virtual reality. However, one concern is that of the lack of enough VR content. In fact, companies may not want to invest in content production due to the lack of enough users. Samsung intends to solve this problem with the Samsung Gear 360. While virtual reality headsets (Samsung Gear VR) are already being sold by Samsung in addition to the smart-phones that power them, the company intends to go a step further with the Samsung Gear 360.
The Samsung Gear 360 is a camera that can be used for capturing 360 degree photographs and videos, which will in turn lead to an increase in VR content. The Samsung Gear 360 is a compact ball-shaped device that can fit in the palm of one’s hand, and is splash-proof and has two lenses. Article share detail information about Samsung Gear 360 The blog described about at Samsung Gear 360. Facebook and 360 Videos - VR on Cloud. Facebook is all set to contribute to the virtual reality revolution with the much-awaited Oculus Rift. Also, cameras which can be used for shooting 360 degree videos are being developed by companies like GoPro. This and many other developments in virtual reality are sure to lead to the creation of a large amount of 360 degree video content. Facebook has developed its own streaming technology for handling this amount of content without its data centres getting overloaded. In 360 videos, viewers can choose which direction to look at, and is definitely a huge improvement over ‘flat’ 2-D videos that we are all used to. 360 videos and virtual reality are very closely linked.
Keeping the uploading of 360 videos by its users in mind, video processing and encoding methods have been developed by Facebook for the efficient delivery of images. Virtual Reality As A Tool In Therapy - VR on Cloud. In this blog we will focus on how virtual reality can be used as a tool by therapists for treating conditions like phobias.
Therapists have been using virtual reality for administering virtual reality exposure therapy for many years. While earlier its wide availability had been affected by constraints of costs and technology, today we are seeing the rise of new opportunities due to the arrival of affordable virtual reality headsets like Samsung Gear VR. Virtual reality can be used in cognitive behavioural therapy and exposure therapy. CBT is used to treat patients suffering from thought patterns which lead to destructive or negative behaviour. Virtual reality can be used to create a safe and controllable environment where patients can be exposed to whatever triggers their fears/anxieties, and thus help them to gradually cope with the same.
Virtual reality can also be used for delivering prolonged exposure therapy for treating post-traumatic stress disorder. How Virtual Reality Can Help Your Business - VR on Cloud. Virtual reality is a technology that has been around for quite some time. However, it is only recently that it has started getting a lot of attention. When virtual reality is mentioned, it is usually video-games and entertainment that first come to mind. But virtual reality is a technology that has many other applications across multiple fields. For instance, it can be used as a training tool in medicine and the military. Virtual reality “lets you be there, without being there” – this is the slogan of Sphericam 2. One great benefit of virtual reality lies in that of interviewing candidates. Yet another benefit of virtual reality lies in the area of training. One great benefit of virtual reality is that it can help enormously towards reducing the time and money spent towards business travel.
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