Soon, VR and AR Will Become One and the Same
Virtual reality (VR) is an industry that has shown incredible growth in recent years. Almost every company within the tech industry has shown its interest in the technology in one way or another. There are a few who are already developing their own VR products, while there are some who are choosing to invest their money in currently existing VR products in the aim to enhance their business operations and boost their profits.
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It is crucial to differentiate VR and AR. Virtual reality (VR) simulates a real-life situation and immerses the user in that fictional environment, making him feel as if he is experiencing something real. In augmented reality (AR), digital information is linked with the user’s actual physical environment, allowing him to access various information and overlay them in a real setting. Recently, tech experts have been coming up with products that are bridging the gap between the two realities to the point that one can no longer tell which is which.
Vrtisan is a virtual reality startup that devotes itself to the creation of 3D and VR imagery specializing in architectural projects. Recently, the company introduced through its YouTube page their latest product that enables architects to intuitively create designs for buildings with the help of 3D space. In the video, an architect uses the VR game developer software Unreal and partners it with the HTC Vive headset and motion controllers with the goal to merge various design concepts of a structure.
VR and AR Merge: How It Works
The architectural designer wears the VR HTC headset and uses the hand-held motion controllers to input from the Unreal engine. With all these technology at his fingertips, he can build walls, doors, furniture, and other important design elements completely from scratch.
The HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift have been recognized as some of the top-level VR headsets in the industry, and with the looks of it, it seems as though their number of practical uses continues to expand. When you examine how virtual reality is used in VRtisan’s video, you can see it is very similar to augmented reality.
For example, in the Microsoft HoloLens, one of the most popular AR devices around, its users can overlay HD holograms of wild nature with their real settings to interact with their environment as if they were actually in the wild. Upon the release of the device Microsoft showed a situation where the user of the HoloLens was able to bring nature right into his living room. It’s a technology that’s very similar to what was shown in VRtisan’s YouTube video.
In this case, the architect does not bring the human body’s anatomy or nature to his living room; rather, he uses the space around him to create furniture and fixtures that, when assembled, form a beautiful and cohesive interior design. The architect is able to interact with the environment as if it were actually real.
All these experiences and technologies will eventually make the merging of VR and AR very possible in the near future, to the point that we might not be able to tell the difference between them anymore.