Web Apps Accessibility from VR HMD with ‘V’
Enthusiastic early adopters are beginning to gain access to Virtual reality hardware. It is a medium with great futuristic potentials, but the industry needs to break the barrier of convincing the average person of VR’s capabilities that make it a worthy investment. To become well-accepted as the next computing platform, Virtual Reality would need to show the capability of doing everything that you can do with a traditional computer system. These would include accessing video content, social media, browsing the web and of great importance would be the ability to access these things at the same time.
It’s quite easy to have yourself doing social media (AltspaceVR) and experiencing video content in VR, but it becomes more challenging while playing a VR game. It is indeed possible to have background music on play during the VR game, but you would not find it to be an easy task changing songs, without taking the HMD off for a moment. Also, having a video playing off to the side of your game, just as you can if you have more than one display hooked up to your PC is not currently possible.
V could provide the solution to that challenge. The V platform (built by a company of the same name) makes it possible for you to have access to web-based tools and applications while inside your VR HMD. V allows for an overlay of YouTube, Skype,Twitter, Soundcloud, Spotify, websites and literally any other web-based application over top of your game. You could be struggling with a VR game you’re playing, and be able to watch a video tutorial of it at the same time while you play. You could also manage a music playlist without the major distraction of extracting yourself from the immersion.
V (the company) believes that V (the platform) “can help increase connection, utility and value of the VR experience.” The software provides you with a bridge that links you to the outside world, while you’re immersed in the virtual world. Bookmarking of apps, which can be accessed on-the-fly within your VR application has also been made possible by V.
Tyler Anderson, CEO and Co-founder of V, was asked what kind of applications will work with V. He told us that the company has no plans to support desktop applications within the platform (so that CPU resources remain dedicated to the VR game or experience), but you’ll be able to use almost any web-based service, and the company will not be limiting what you can bookmark. Anderson did say that the company plans to let third parties create apps for V, and the company would consider hosting such widgets.
A notepad app, perhaps with voice recognition is an ideal example that’s useful for taking quick notes while a game is being played. Game Reviewers would find this quite useful.
In June, V has plans to introduce a beta program. There will be a restriction of the initial beta release to Rift headsets, but the company said that the platform will support Vive “shortly thereafter”. V’s website is open for you to sign up to be considered for the beta. Anderson said that V will begin handing out keys around the end of May.