Here is the most commonly asked questions I hear about virtual reality. Feel free to contact me if you have a question that you don’t see listed below.

*Virtual Reality (VR)
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What is augmented reality?

Augmented reality is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. Augmented reality is mixing the real world with the digital world. When you are using augmented reality you are still able to see the real world with the digital world as an overlay.
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What is virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality (also referred to as VR) typically refers to computer technologies that use software to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that replicate a real environment (or create an imaginary setting), and simulate a user's physical presence in this environment, by enabling the user to interact with this space and any objects depicted therein using specialized display screens or projectors and other devices. VR is a technology that allows you to be immersed in a digital world. You can look around, and explore it from within. While in virtual reality you have no idea what is going on in the real world around you so please make sure you are in a safe environment with people you trust.

 

What is it like being in VR?

The best way I can describe it is it's like being able to transport to a completely different environment in an instant. What you see is something completely different than your real environment.


How do you move in VR?

It depends on what you are using. If you are using your smartphone you move by a cursor. There will usually be a dot somewhere on your screen when it is required for you to select items. The dot moves with your head movements and if you focus long enough on the item it will select it and open another screen. There is more advanced systems that track your whole body and your body is the remote and you control it by your bodies movements.


What are the different types of VR devices?

There are two primary types of VR devices—headsets with their own displays and cases that utilize a smartphone for the screen and processor. For the most part, the devices that have been in the marketplace thus far have been geared toward the early adopter. Facebook's Oculus Rift and HTC's Vive, for example, cost anywhere from $600 to $800. But the launch of Sony's PlayStation VR headset, retailing at $399, and the upcoming debut of Google's Daydream View at $79, is expected to make VR more accessible to the masses. There are some other more affordable devices like Samsung Gear at $99, which fits over Galaxy smartphones, and the essentially disposable cases like Google Cardboard, which are cheap and frequently given away.


What are the uses of VR?

VR can have many purposes and not limited to a specific area of concentration. Currently, VR is mainly being used for entertainment and gaming. The sky is the limit when it comes to virtual reality. It has been used for medical, judicial, educational, and marketing purposes. We will see virtual reality being used more and more in the upcoming years.


Can VR cause nausea?

Good VR will not cause nausea!