Oculus Rift and a laptop, Does it work together?

There are lots of reasons people prefer a laptop over a desktop, it’s more convenient, easy to travel with, doesn’t take as much space ( it doesn’t have all these wire hanging in the back), so if you are a gamer like me and like to combine everyday networking and gaming on your laptop, you will be happy to know that the next generations virtual reality games and the Oculus Rift will be available to play on a laptop.

What kind of laptop do you need to run the rift?

We all know you need a high-performance PC’s to support the rift, this is why at first we taught it would be impossible to play the Oculus rift on a laptop since it was never going to be powerful enough but with the new graphics card from Nvidia the GTX 980 they made it possible to happens.

They already integrated this new card in a bunch of new awesome gaming laptop. Here’s a list of the ones that are going to be compatible with the rift.

ASUS GX700VO (G-SYNC, Water-Cooled)

“MSI GT80” by Liebevoll – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

AORUS X7 DT (G-SYNC)
MSI GT80 (18,4″, SLI)
MSI GT72 (G-SYNC)
CLEVO P870DM (G-SYNC)
CLEVO P775DM (G-SYNC)

It’s also safe to say that all of these laptops have the same performance as any desktop computers, and another cool thing is that all of them are overclockable, which make gaming really interesting and you can be sure that with one of those laptops, you will get the best experience from the rift that you could get.

Upgrade your PC performance

These laptops above are really top quality and they can go for a lot of money. If you already have a good laptop and you would like to upgrade is the performance to be able to run the rift you can also do that by buying only the parts you need. This could be a better solution for you and a lot cheaper.

First things first, let me show you what is recommended of your system to be able to perform and support the rift.

Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD R9 290 equivalent or greater

CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or greater

Memory: 8GB+ RAM

Video: Output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

USB Ports: 3x USB 3.0 ports plus 1x USB 2.0 port

OS:  Windows 7 SP1 64 bit or newer

These are the recommended specs made by Oculus, so if you have most of them there’s the possibility to buy only the parts you need. The most recent laptop already has most of those specs so you could get away having to buy only the video card from Nvidia.

If you don’t know what you are missing there is a test that you can run on the Oculus rift website, to find out if your laptop is rift ready or not, it will also let you know what you need to upgrade to be able to run the Oculus rift to it’s full capacity.…

What is virtual reality?

Virtual reality is used to play games and watch videos and movies like never before. It gives you the feeling of being in a totally different environment than the one you are actually in. Those environments are created through a computer and it simulates this three dimensional world that feels real, where you can manipulate stuff and explore it. You can visit virtual world while staying in the comfort of your home and be totally immersed in the action.

Before you were seeing what is happening on your TV, now it is happening all around you just like you are inside the game or video. This way, all the horror games you’ve been playing on your TV will be even scarier, all the thriller movies you’ve been watching where you hold your breath will be more breathtaking or playing a character game (MMORPG) like World of Warcraft by example, instead of creating a character you will be the character, you will be inside the game killers monster and completing quests.

Virtual reality has been around for a while, in was first used to trained soldier’s and pilots in combat simulator without risking any lives, also with doctors before operating on a real patient. Now, it can be used by anybody to play games, watch videos, test-drive your favorite car, or visit your dream home.

It’s in the last few years that we made great advancement towards this technology we taught it will be the future but now the future is already here and also it’s not as expensive as we taught, like the Oculus Rift, which the pre-order are 600$, sure it’s a lot of money but for something this revolutionary I think it’s all worth it.

There are also other ways to experience virtual reality with the only need of your smartphone thanks to Google Cardboard, you can have a taste of virtual reality for less than 20$ and let me tell you that you will be surprised at what you’re getting for this price.

The science behind it?

The way virtual reality works is with tracking sensor on the headset device that will follow your head movement, this way it will know what images to show you to make you feel in a different environment, and our brain will actually perceive this new environment as real, with sound the immersion will feel even realer. You will only see and hear the new world that is generated by a computer so the possibilities are endless.

If you look at your right in real life you will see what’s happening on your right in your new virtual environment. With more advanced technology, you will have sensor’s on all part’s of your body so you can use your arms and legs inside the game. You will be able to walk, run, crawl, turn around, you can use your arms to grab stuff, open door, hold a weapon.

Gaming and much more!

Virtual reality is made to revolutionize gaming that we know, instead of looking at a screen you are literaly inside the game, everywhere you move, everything you do is a new immersive environment. Instead of moving a joystick you will be turning your head around to explore your new three dimentional space.

If you love racing game you will be able to play new by being inside the driver seat of a car and look all around you just like you are really driving. With a first person shooter you will be direclty into the battlefield in the middle of gunfires and explosions. You can even created your own personalized world.

This new technology will not only revolutionize gaming but our everyday life. You will be able to test-drive a car that you like just by sitting at home.

If you are on the market for a new home you will be able to visit real estate just by putting on your headset.

There is still a lot to come for virtual reality, and it can only get better and better.

Also, if you have any questions about virtual reality,  leave me a comment below I will be happy to help you! Thanks for stopping by.…

Things You Should Know About Virtual Reality Goggles

The tracking technology displays low-latency excellent picture to improve its immersive experience. Augmented Reality technology is something which is here in order to stay, and it’s going to alter the way we carry out numerous daily pursuits. To create a digital environment, one wants a computer, some distinctive software, and clearly, a small imagination. Or try to find video tutorials online to realize how the program works. Because, it will show errors, if the dimensions of the elements of the building are not properly given. In the proper hands it’s additionally a mind-expanding, creativity-boosting, even mind-altering tool.

With its killer 3D graphics, it permits you to enter the area of mayhem and experience all of it from all directions. It is a parable regarding the way we are aware of the world. Sooner or later, just be certain you merely go to the worlds of Azeroth and Hyrule, not reside inside them! Huge numbers of people throughout the world now are actually giving vent to their desire for a digital pet, online. Looking into the future, an individual might foresee what’s ahead for the digital world and society.

By offering people with a digital reality, it’s an outstanding way to escape from the truth of the actual world for just a little while, which is a huge tension and anxiety reducer. Digital reality isn’t bad. Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that integrates the digital world with the actual world in actual time, and this may be placed to quite a few uses for the advantage of individuals and groups. Digital reality, on the opposite hand, functions as a digital portal that takes its users to a completely different world. It is created by means of using a special coding language called a Virtual Reality Modeling Languagea or VRML. Augmented Reality, on the opposite hand, enables the viewing of a normal environment by a digital machine which provides real time updates and data about that which we see.

The purpose of Augmented Reality is to make a system where the user cannot tell the difference between real life and the digital augmentation of it. Most simply, video games offer a distraction from real-life scenarios. Essentially, video games are used daily by all kinds of people whether you’re fully conscious of it or not. It’s really hard to pick out the most effective augmented reality games from the awesome selection and selections out there. Today, virtual reality PCs are getting more and more popular as they can be used in a diverse selection of applications. With the Rift, you are in need of an effective gaming PC for a good VR experience.

The Meaning of Virtual Reality Goggles

The optimal/optimally idea is to weigh your choices and find out all the advantages and disadvantages of each. Another cool idea we want to see erupt within the gaming business is the capacity to speak to the characters in a game. It is a well-known truth that now is the era of digital Reality. It isn’t any doubt hyperreality. Well, the response is a big yes! So it again is difficult to understand what the authentic answer

Virtual Reality Goggles Features

The tracking technology displays low-latency excellent picture to improve its immersive experience. Augmented Reality technology is something which is here in order to stay, and it’s going to alter the way we carry out numerous daily pursuits. To create a digital environment, one wants a computer, some distinctive software, and clearly, a small imagination. Or try to find video tutorials online to realize how the program works. Because, it will show errors, if the dimensions of the elements of the building are not properly given. In the proper hands it’s additionally a mind-expanding, creativity-boosting, even mind-altering tool.

With its killer 3D graphics, it permits you to enter the area of mayhem and experience all of it from all directions. It is a parable regarding the way we are aware of the world. Sooner or later, just be certain you merely go to the worlds of Azeroth and Hyrule, not reside inside them! Huge numbers of people throughout the world now are actually giving vent to their desire for a digital pet, online. Looking into the future, an individual might foresee what’s ahead for the digital world and society.

By offering people with a digital reality, it’s an outstanding way to escape from the truth of the actual world for just a little while, which is a huge tension and anxiety reducer. Digital reality isn’t bad. Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that integrates the digital world with the actual world in actual time, and this may be placed to quite a few uses for the advantage of individuals and groups. Digital reality, on the opposite hand, functions as a digital portal that takes its users to a completely different world. It is created by means of using a special coding language called aVirtual Reality Modeling Languagea or VRML. Augmented Reality, on the opposite hand, enables the viewing of a normal environment by a digital machine which provides real time updates and data about that which we see.

The Hidden Gem of Virtual Reality Goggles

The purpose of Augmented Reality is to make a system where the user cannot tell the difference between real life and the digital augmentation of it. Most simply, video games offer a distraction from real-life scenarios. Essentially, video games are used daily by all kinds of people whether you’re fully conscious of it or not. It’s really hard to pick out the most effective augmented reality games from the awesome selection and selections out there. Today, virtual reality PCs are getting more and more popular as they can be used in a diverse selection of applications. With the Rift, you are in need of an effective gaming PC for a good VR experience.

The optimal/optimally idea is to weigh your choices and find out all the advantages and disadvantages of each. Another cool idea we want to see erupt within the gaming business is the capacity to speak to the characters in a game. It is a well-known truth that now is the era of digital Reality. It isn’t any doubt hyperreality. Well, the response is a big yes! So it again is difficult to understand what the authentic answer is.…

Hands-on with Truffle Pig

Explore an utterly magical animated world on your Oculus Rift.

There’s a moment during Truffle Pig that’s totally magic. It happens after the opening animation that introduces the story of the game, which sets the scene in a beautifully animated way with hand-drawn 2D characters. Moments later, you’re floating above a forest filled with ethereal purple light — your pet pig floating beside you with its legs wiggling in the air — when the flower petals below spring open as you pass by, illuminating nearby trees with a soft blue glow. Combined with the music (The Light, by The Album Leaf) the scene is utterly mesmerizing, magical, and beautiful to look at.

Perhaps that’s in part to the talent behind Truffle Pig. Created by Gentleman Scholar, a production company which typically creates adverts, animation and print, the team has together and fully scripted, animated and produced a part-film, part-game experience for the Oculus Rift.

After loading the game you’ll find yourself in a 3D menu with two options for playing the game. The first takes you along a scripted journey, guiding you through a forest, field and house as you collect floating gems along the way. It’s definitely the best way to play the game the first time around, enabling you to check out the scenery and soak in the atmosphere. The second option is a free-roam mode of sorts, letting you explore the game’s environments at will while collecting gems. In this latter mode you can really get up-close with the world to see its fine details and animation, or fly to the tree tops to soak in the atmosphere.

It’s the attention to detail that really brings Truffle Pig to life. Flower petals open as you pass by, while bizarre plants unleash tiny flecks of light that illuminates the dark corners of the forest. It really is a wonderful experience, and it’s thanks to the Unreal Engine 4 that such a visual treat is possible in real-time. However, all of this attention to detail comes at a cost: framerate. Even on a GeForce Titan-powered PC we struggled to achive a smooth experience while using the Oculus Rift. The sheer number of grass blades, animated elements and real-time lighting all take a massive toll on the GPU. Thankfully it’s possible to instantly lower the graphics detail by pressing H on the keyboard. This lowers the lighting detail which in return doubles the framerate, but the interior of the house at the end of the game suffers visually, with a flat, stark look.

Controlling the game is slightly tricky during the free-roam mode. Moving forward and backward is done via the left thumbstick of a controller, but rotating requires you to tilt your head to one side (instead of just turning the right thumbstick). Similarly, to fly up or down you’ll need to tilt your head while holding forward. It’s a nice use of head-tracking, but button mappings for rotation and height would have been appreciated, if only to lessen the time needed to master the controls.

If you think your PC is up to the task, then Truffle Pig is definitely worth checking out. It’s a captivating experience that can be played over and over without losing its charm, and the attention to detail and animation is great to see in VR.…

Hands-on with Tokyo Warfare

Battle through the streets of Tokyo in your own tank with Tokyo Warfare.

Need to let off a little steam? Tokyo Warfare might be the best way to do it. It’s a multiplayer tank warfare shoot-em-up, deep in development for both desktop and VR release, enabling players to choose a team, jump into a tank and then battle to the death through the streets of Tokyo; with a little Manga fun thrown into the mix.

 

Start a new match and you’ll find yourself floating over a fictional version of Tokyo, some hundred feet in the air. This acts as the games lobby, letting you choose a player name before jumping into the action. Once the game begins you’ll find yourself in a third-person view, with the tank sitting in front of you ready for battle. While this view mode works well in virtual reality, it’s worth jumping into first-person mode to really enjoy the experience. Navigating small streets is easier, while enemy tanks also appear slightly closer, making it easy to aim and fire over long distances.

Battling tanks in virtual reality is just as fun as we imagined. The virtual crosshair hovers mid-air, making it easy to distinguish from the background, while stereoscopic rendering helps you to judge the distance between your canon and the enemy tank. Battles soon descend into mad machine-gun fire interspersed with the odd canon fire, with tanks zig-zagging from one street to another. Explosions marking the death of a player could be more dramatic, however; leaving us often unsure as to whether we’d actually destroyed an enemy tank.

 

Controlling the game is best done with the keyboard and mouse at the time of writing. The WASD keys control movement, changes the camera view with E cycles through ammo types. You can also self-destruct your tank by hitting K at any time. The city of Tokyo is fun to explore, with a mixture of wide open streets, narrow alleyways and small bridges to cross, but you’ll soon encounter checkered walls that prevent you from venturing further. While this does limit exploration, it makes finding an enemy tank easier.

 

Graphically the game has a nice clean look that makes enemy tanks easy to spot. There’s still some work to do, with a handful of repetitive areas and some low-res texturing, but this is a game that’s easily recognisable, and it looks vivid and clear in the Oculus Rift headset. Interestingly, by default the VR build defaults to a simple rendering mode that disables real-time reflections, SSAO, HDR and more. This actually works to the games benefit when played on the Rift, making for a sharper image while also adding depth to the stereoscopic rendering. Sure, you can opt to render the game with all its bells and whistles, but you’ll only find yourself in a murky, blurry version of the game.

 

It’s still early days for Tokyo Warfare. The development team are fixing new bugs on a daily basis while improving the game with new features including a better damage model and graphical effects, but the game shows promise, and we’re looking forward to seeing more. You can follow it’s development progress by heading over to the Oculus Forums, but we’ll bring you more news as it happens over the next weeks and months.…

Will You Be Ready for the Virtual Reality Future?

Recently finished reading prepared Player One by Ernest Martin Cline. Admittedly, i’m a bit late to the party. The book, printed in 2011, is already a classic, shortly to be a show directed by Steven Spielberg.

The book has created a profound impact on Pine Tree State, because it unsecured in my mind a thinkable path to totally immersive video game (VR). maybe for the primary time in my life, it became clear what it’ll be like once a digital copy of Pine Tree State goes through the “gate.”

Here is that the outline of my takeaways, without any plot spoilers.

1. Multiple personalities
Our digital copies won’t be copies in the least. Rather, they’re going to be our digital fantasies.

Even today, with the restricted quantity of digital expression given to United States of America by chats and texts and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat posts, we will see this trend. Our on-line identities are not constant as our real world ones. we do not wish them to be. no matter shortcomings or insecurities we’ve, we tend to tend to overcompensate for them on-line.

Once absolutely immersive VR is here, all and sundry goes to be ready to produce a far a lot of developed, realistic digital persona within the on-line world. The characters in prepared Player One once on-line are not something like they’re in real world. they’re higher trying, stronger and a lot of free as a result of they don’t seem to be delimited by the laws of physics.

What will it mean to measure within the world wherever each folks can have many, absolutely complete selfs?

It is onerous to understand from our current viewpoint. however rather like children became full digital natives, future generations can naturally exist in each the physical and digital worlds.

2. Mind over matter
As persons evolved, therefore did our minds. Since the dawn of civilization, strength and muscles were the traits that ensured survival. however a lot of and a lot of, this has stopped being the case. Intelligence has been process the long run and dominating the ordering. These days, if you’re sensible you’ll be able to create more cash and have a higherer|a more robust|an improved} living than if you’re simply strong.

Virtual reality takes this maybe to the final word extreme as a result of strength and our physical bodies dwindle and fewer relevant. Motion and speed in VR rely a lot of on our minds and intelligence and not most on our physical bodies.

It is exceptionally and odd to assume that mind overtakes matter. After all, however will the mind exist and be healthy if there’s no actual body to support it? The hero of prepared Player One still has got to exercise within the physical world each day to remain in form, however this can be concerning the sole activity he will that’s not within VR. there’s little question that if he he had a selection of absolutely going in VR he would bonk during a heartbeat (pun intended).

3. Physics becomes economic science
The digital world is resistance. Scrolling on your phone needs a lot of less effort than flipping a page of a book. we will simply move objects within the digital world, as a result of the principles of physics don’t apply. Yet, physics isn’t entirely gone in VR. Instead, it’s replaced by economic science.

Our digital equivalents can rule the planet with unlocks, level ups and digital currency. to leap higher, run quicker and transport to distant worlds one can would like currency and talent. there’ll still be barriers, however they’re going to economical instead of physical.

We will be ready to wire and build ourselves and our worlds through in-app purchases. New looks, new covering, new weapons, new homes and new powers are accessible a lot of within the same approach they’re accessible these days in apps and games — via points and digital currency.

4. Full immersion
Today’s VR experiences area unit still not absolutely immersive. you’ll be able to tell you’re carrying a telephone receiver. you’ll be able to feel the surface world through your skin. you recognize {you area unitn’t|you are not} very on the road once you are in VR. within the world delineate in prepared Player One, the characters expertise absolutely immersive VR, and it’s exceptionally.

Imagine golf stroke on a full leotard and a visor and going in other places. keep in mind once Apple introduced tissue layer displays with a lot of pixels that our eyes will very appreciate? Imagine VR going constant approach.

Fully immersive VR can bring you to strange new worlds that may feel equally (pun intended) as real as our world these days. you may not be ready to tell a distinction between walking through the Grand Canyon and walking through a landscape on Mars.

5. When will we get there?
What is the horizon for all this magic? seemingly at intervals ten to fifteen years. the general public unleash of major headsets expected shortly are the start, however to be clear, it’ll be a few years before what’s delineate in prepared Player One to become our reality.

For starters, the resolution and also the motion remains within the beta stages. you’ll be able to tell you’re within a computer game. Navigation presents a good larger challenge. you do not have a good thanks to navigate in VR these days and that we area unit terribly secluded from full immersion employing a leotard.

Yet, we will already see a great deal of progress created all told of those directions. Even staring at the VR corporations applying this year to Techstars, we tend to area unit ready to see methods to it absolutely immersive future.

6. Philosophical implications
If your head is spinning from all of this — i do not blame you, so is mine. The philosophical and social implications of VR area unit large. The shift to mobile with the invention of the iPhone can mix into the remainder of history as not that fascinating once we’ve absolutely immersive VR.

What happens to society at massive once people prefer to either board the virtual world? however will individuals sustain themselves? will we discern how to be absolutely digitized, and create a leap like Jake from Avatar? What will it mean, and the way is it even possible??

I don’t have a clue. however I deeply believe that individuals can figure it out.

Whatever it’s, the new, absolutely immersive VR world are really superb and exceptionally.…

Topjoy VR01 Virtual Reality Helmet

Doesn’t it sound exciting to be in a surreal world even when you are sitting on the cozy mattress in your living room? How stimulating it would be to experience a matchless fantasy when you are actually far away from the reality? After a tiresome and exhausted day at office, don’t you really want to forget all the weariness and spend some quality time without spending even a single buck?

Well, a virtual world can help you to a great extent. With a Topjoy VR01 virtual reality helmet, you can actually get what you are looking for. Just make a one-time investment buying this exclusive product and you will not only get the best value for your money, but also be able to experience an indelible account that you could hardly think of before.

Do you have a smart phone?

Well, all you need to have is a smart phone. Plug in the topjoy VR01 headset to your smart phone and you will be transported into a completely different world. Have you ever thought of enjoying a three dimensional movie sitting in your living room? Probably not! But, gone are those days when you had to take all the efforts to visit multiplexes and stand in a long queue for a considerable gap of time. With the launch of Topjoy VR01 virtual reality helmet, you can enjoy watching 3D picture in your smart phone itself.

What does it combine of?

Now, if you are being introduced with the term virtual world’ for the first time in your life, it’s worth mentioning a fact that this helmet is exclusively made for smart phones. A number of innovative technologies have been clubbed together into the device and with this top-end make over, the Topjoy VR01 can turn a 2D picture to 3D just in a fraction of second. Starting from 4.0 inch phones to 5.7 inch ones, this exclusive technology works in almost all the models. Also, you are absolutely wrong, if you have such misconception that the 3D effect provided by this helmet comes nowhere when it gets compared to the special impact created by a Cinema. You believe it or not, the Topjoy VR01 helmet will give you a lifelike experience and probably, help you have the best time in the world.

Shimmers with exclusive features

No matter, whether you want to play a video game or you want to watch the movie you saw in the television in 3D version, a Topjoy VR01 device will endow you with everything you are in search of. Well, have you just come back gathering a number of exhilarating memories from one of the most beautiful places in the country? Is your smart phone now loaded with a myriad of splendid videos and photographs? Then, what are wasting your time for? Connect the Topjoy device to your phone and go back to the place where you collected all the memories from!

Easy to use as well

This virtual reality handset is more than easy to use! You really don’t have to undertake all the hassles while putting this device into action. All you need to do is insert the helmet on your mobile phones and on clicking the video clips you have in your system, you will be transported into a completely different zone where anyone just pines to be present! The Topjoy device will not only give you a 3D cinema effect, but also guarantees to give you a world-class experience.

The specific advantages of using Topjoy VR01 virtual reality helmet are as follows:

 

Its PD (Pupil Distance) adaptable quality makes suitable for all the people who want to experience something different, something unique and something unforgettable. It’s easy to wear too. Just wear it like a helmet as you do while riding your bike. It will take seconds to transport you to a dream world.

Its exclusive studio regulating features will allow you to use smart phones of any model, brand or size and you will be able to enjoy the device to the fullest.

The advanced suckers in the helmet make it very comfortable and convenient for the users.

Would you really be able to enjoy the 3D effects, if you had to sit still in a place? Certainly not!! With this innovative device, you can easily move, change your place whenever you want along with enjoying the premium effects in the helmet.

Moreover, you can easily adjust the distance of the lens to your mobile phone whenever you want. Yes, it’s this much flexible!!

Last but not the least; you can buy a virtual world with a moderate price range. You don’t have to make a hole in your pocket while buying this device. Topjoy VR01 virtual reality helmet is available in a price range that every commoner can afford.

Points to remember:

As you know, 3D effects are never enjoyable in the bare eyes. Still, this is not the only reason why you should not wear the helmet in the naked eyes. In case, you are over more than 550 degree myopia, it can affect your eye sight to a very bad extent. Thus, it’s always recommended to use the special spectacles available in the market for watching 3D shows under the helmet. Also, It’s better to restrict the children under thirteen from using such headset.

Things to consider before you buy a Topjoy VR01 device:

Even if you are now aware of all the advantages this miniature device has to offer, it would be your utter stupidity to buy the helmet for any random store. Not every shop selling this product is reliable. There always remains a possibility to be duped by any artificial product. Staying away from such con enterprises is where you expertise lies in. It’s worth suggesting that you always cross check the reputation of the store before you approach it. An extensive research in the Internet would certainly help or also, you can take reference from them who have recently or formerly purchased this device and thus, can help you in the best possible manner.

What are you still mulling over? Don’t you think, it’s the right time to buy the device? Go to your nearby store and purchase the Topjoy VR01 virtual world helmet as soon as you can! Yes, you are just one step away from experiencing an awesome amusement.…

The Things About the Future of Virtual Reality That Nobody Told You About

Virtual Reality is more and more the main topic for many discussions, both online and offline.

To a certain degree, we all have some foundation knowledge and understanding when it comes to VR, but for many it still remains a mystery when we try to project ahead and predict what the future will bring us. How is virtual reality going to change the way we live, the way we understand “reality” now, in 2021?

This article will elaborate 3 things related to the future of virtual reality and offer some possible scenarios and outcomes of the “change” that awaits us…

With that being said, let’s dive in!

The Rise of a new and powerful industry

Okay, we can all agree that probably Oculus Rift and its founder Palmer Luckey and now Facebook with Zuckerberg after the acquisition will be remembered as the “revolutionary and first virtual device” in the virtual reality industry.

Nevertheless…

One company and one technological device is really just the beginning and not an industry on its own. If we look at the PC industry for example, or better, the “gaming industry” in the last 10-15 years, we’d be quick to agree that as a result of the gaming industry revolution all kinds of companies have been developed, changed and modified, and many new innovations have taken place.

Personal computers had to become suitable for the new powerful chips and graphic cards invented from companies such as AMD, Intel, Nvidia and the like. You see, the gaming industry pulled all kinds of other IT sectors with it and started literally a revolution, which nowadays weights many billions of dollars!

The same will happen with the Virtual Reality industry. This is just the beginning and we should expect so much more novelty in the upcoming years. Companies will compete hard to deliver a better customer experience and we will benefit from that in a big way.

VR will revolutionize the world perhaps even more than the most recent and major cultural shift – from analog to digital, from offline to online, from brick and mortar to the internet and all the PCs, tablets, smartphones and so on.

Virtual reality in the future will be much more “physical”. As of this moment, all VR devices including the most used Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are equipped with sensors, which somewhat “allow” us to experience some physicality in the experience. Such as swinging with a golf club or perhaps draw with a pencil… but… the problem is that we still get the feeling of the controller in our hand instead of a golf club or a pencil. (Oculus Rift doesn’t even provide any controllers yet but they probably will in 2022)

The future will change all of this. The technology will evolve to such a degree that we will have a completely real feeling of the virtual reality, such as swinging with a real golf club or holding a real pencil in our hands (of course these are just some basic examples, the possible scenarios are virtually endless).

And guess what? This will be only the beginning!

“Physical touch” will only be just a small part of what’s coming ahead! Some predict that we will be even able to experience the feeling of the wind. Some even suggest that we will be able to “smell” and even to feel the “temperature”!

There’s no doubt about it, virtual reality will get much more “physical” and soon will come the time when it will be hard to distinguish between what’s real and what’s virtually imagined.

The Revolutionary Nanotechnology

Did you realize that one nanometer would one say one is billionth of a meter?

Nanotechnology is a new technology which is consisted of the measurement, demonstration, implication, application and control of matter. Consider this, a single sheet of paper is consisted of roughly hundred thousand nanometers in thickness. Now imagine using this nanotechnology to construct “nano devices”!

This will completely revolutionize our world and what today we consider as “reality”!

In fact, nanotechnology is already being used in many experiments and projects! It won’t be long until it will be presented to the masses for commercial use.

So the obvious question – how can we relate nanotechnology to virtual reality and its future?

Well, there is certainly a huge debate on this topic but most experts nowadays claim that what for some is just science fiction will possibly become a tangible reality such as “entering the digital” or becoming one with this newly created environment.

In plain English, this translated to uploading our “consciousness” into a specialized device (powerful computer) which can even make us immortal (in terms of the conscious mind and not the physical body). However, many still consider this rather a theory without any evidence and arguments as to “how” it will be possible.

But still, even if the example above is far away from the new reality, nanotechnology will still revolutionize VR to such a degree that the experience will become so, so real, to the point that the “current reality” will later look as a virtual world instead of the other way around.

What will happen is in the hands of the future, and the only way to find out is to live long enough to take part in it.

So stay healthy, be happy, and live longer, in order to find out!…

How Virtual Reality Provides exciting possibilities to business

A Pagani car, including extras, typically costs about $2Million. If you want to buy a $2Million car, as one does, how do you go about its configuration and setup? I suppose its optional extras would be slightly more sophisticated than the bog standard fabric protection spray and DAB radio? Of course, a Pagani car is actually so bespoke that the company is said to make less than 100 cars per year. That is part of the attraction for its super rich clientele. Some novel customization examples for the Pagani Huayra include:

Pick the color, style and fabric of choice for more than 1000 items
Complement your purchase with Pagani branded luggage to pop in your boot.
The Huayra badge fitted to the rear end of the car is produced from a single solid piece of aluminium in a process that takes 24 hours
The engine cover also takes about five days to complete
The style of your bow on delivery day can match the shape of your super-yacht
(I made that last one up, although it could probably be arranged)

A Painter’s Vision

Because the Pagani is so customisable, and so few cars are made every year, it is virtually impossible to see the one you ordered before it arrives. In fact, there are so few cars available you can’t even see a similar one in the showroom. A few years ago, when you finally managed to order a Pagani (there is a substantial waiting list), the company would send a painter to your home to sit with you and walk through the configuration. The painter would enable you to walk through its myriad of options and thus help you get a better understanding of what the car would actually look like upon delivery.

Remarkable of course, but also slightly inefficient? How do you know if the Painter got every little detail spot on (excuse the pun)? How do you make sure you would not be disappointed with the final result?

Zerolight

Well, Pagani recently decided to up its game. They brought their customisation process into the 21st century and provide a new service, delivered by a company called ZeroLight. I was at an event recently where the CMO of ZeroLight spoke: François de Bodinat explained that ZeroLight “is a company which uses Virtual Reality to provide customers of highly customized products the best possible buying experience.”

ZeroLight is able to provide Pagani’s customers with a unique Virtual Reality experience of their customized car before it gets delivered. And what’s more, you can pull all the car’s components off with the wireless controller. You can strip it completely bare if you want to. Want to pull the door off and throw it into the sky? Go ahead. Or would you rather lift the hood and see the engine, go ahead. Why don’t you step inside! Yup, just walk through the doors and “sit” inside. I got to try it myself and it was a fun experience to be completely carefree (and careless) with the expensive supercar. The feeling of presence established a connection with that car that would have been impossible to replicate with a 2D experience.

The Event

The event that I attended was The Virtual_ in the CitizenM Hotel in London on Thursday 23rd February. The event had a sort of living-room feel, with a variety of really interesting speakers and live Virtual Reality demonstrations. The trendy hotel in central London looking out on Tower Bridge was the perfect match for this funky get-together of creative minds and curious adventure seekers.

The Virtual_’s first event was in Glasgow, and this was the second “episode” based in London. They are now seeking to replicate the event all across the UK, Europe and the US. It aims to connect people from different industries and different locations who are leveraging new technologies in creative ways.

Steve Dann & Medical Realities

The first speaker of the evening was Steve Dann, Co-Founder of Medical Realities. Medical Realities is an innovative group offering medical training products, specializing in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and serious games. By using consumer-level VR devices such as the Oculus Rift, Medical Realities can reduce the cost of training, reach a wider audience & provide a completely safe learning environment for medical students. Steve also owns a company called Amplified Robot and is head of the London branch of the VR/AR Association, and has managed to create a large following in a relatively short space of time.
Steve’s MeetUp Group has only been around for 9 months and already has more than 600 members. The London branch of the VR/AR Association meets every 2 months and host speakers and panelists who demo and discuss all aspects of VR and AR and how it applies to entertainment, gaming, enterprise, education, medicine, productivity and more.

Virtual Surgeon

Steve explained his “Virtual Surgeon” product is trying to address significant issues in medical education. By 2030, the UK expects a large percentage of its National Healthcare System’s surgeons to retire. So the UK is in desperate need to train a lot more surgeons. Taking into account that the average time to train a surgeon is typically about 15 years, we are already 2 years late in tackling this issue. The limitations that apply to more traditional education methods are often impacted by limitations such as being physically present in the operating theatre.

Virtual Surgeon is therefore trying to reduce the time it takes to train surgeons by providing a safe platform to learn and experience surgery. Virtual Surgeon uses Virtual Reality augmented with educational features such as the ability to switch between various viewpoints and adding contextual descriptions of what you see in front of you. The medical students who attended would pick up a lot of information that they had probably not been aware of, even if they had been present in the room.

Storytelling with Björk and Unity

Another speaker at the event was Andy Brammall, Technical Sales Director from the 3D gaming software giant Unity. Unity is the leading global game industry software and plays an important part in a booming global games market. More games are made with Unity than with any other game technology.

Andy’s presentation was about the diversity of 3D and VR/AR engineering and how Unity incorporates and facilitates storytelling. Andy told a story about how the Icelandic singer Björk organised an event at Somerset House in London last year, covered here by The Guardian.

As part of the event Björk wanted to organise a Virtual press-conference where she could address the press from Iceland, but also be physically “present” by live-streaming her body movements into a Virtual Reality engine, created by Unity. Björk basically sat in a room with her head and body completely covered in sensors and was live streamed more than 1100 miles from Reykjavik to London across the Ocean. Andy’s team had only 4 days to figure out how this would work in practice, but with some sleepless nights later managed to pull it off successfully.

The Carte Blanche Concept

Andy also shared Unity’s remarkable vision for the future of Virtual Reality design where anyone can create and develop 3D worlds without a need to have knowledge of coding.

If we manage to open development up to the masses I think we could have a game changer on our hands with regards to Content creation.The adoption of Virtual Reality may have been slower than expected, but I have faith in its inevitable expansion and further adoption.

I really enjoyed my time at The Virtual_ event. So if you get a chance to visit any of the regional hosted events I recommend you attend if you can!…

Virtual reality adventure games

So if virtual reality truly is the holy grail of gaming then how will this new reality look and feel. In an occasional series I will try to imagine where this new adventure is going.
First up is an exploration of how this new immersive technology could breathe new life into what was my first beloved computer gaming genre, the adventure game.

Text adventure such as Zork had the lone adventurer exploring incredible textual environments with the goals of exploring, finding and manipulating objects and solving puzzles. These later developed into graphic point and click type affairs such as those from Sierra Leone and entered the 3D world with the likes of Tomb Raider. At each stage of their evolution these games gained better graphics and gameplay but lost some of the richness of detail that only the imagination and a well chosen adjective can provide.

I imagine that these humble adventure games could develop into something really breathtaking. Imagine the old text adventure Colossal Cave rendered into a real 3D world. The lone explorer armed only with a short sword and a dodgyoil lamp is now free to lose themselves in the canyons and crevices of a life size world, manipulate objects, scour a room for shiny objects. A frustrating, repetitive text maze of twisty little passages  becomes a  terrifying, claustrophobic nightmare.

This new lifesizeness ,which is one of  the most stunning differences beween this new technology and traditional gaming, could lead to some incredible gaming experiences. Imagine playing a version of Alice in Wonderland where partaking of the supersizing snacks would lead to a real dizzying shift in perspective. The rift might be a doorway to some truly psychedelic experiences.

While many might be drooling at the prospect of frenetic 3D warfare or the gang member experience of MMORPGs, some will be seeking a more serene experience. Text adventures were a solitary pleasure. To be alone, immersed in a mysterious new world, free to uncover its secrets at your own pace. One of the reasons for the popularity of the original Tomb Raider game was it offered a similar solitary experience, the goals are again exploring and puzzle solving. There is the odd monkey or tiger to dispatch but the shooting is only ever a distraction. On the rare occasions when something really threatening does appear (imagine that T-Rex lifesize) it is a jolting experience.

As well as poking about in damp dungeons, another much loved environment for text adventurers is the deserted (except for the occasional paranoid android) spaceship. Spaceships were always ideal for text adventures due to their restricted geography, and this closed offness will work well in a VR world too. In  a restricted, sterile environment it is possible to almost completely realise the world, render every button and fill the pockets of every spacesuit. The stranded astronaut would wander the passages accompanied only by the ambient chirping of the ship’s systems slowly uncovering the mystery inherent in the situation and occasionally pausing to gaze out of the giant screens at the passing starfield, aware that somewhere aboard the ship there almost certainly awaitesa silent horror to jog you from your reverie.…