Virtual Reality (VR)
What is VR?
Virtual Reality is a simulation of a real or imaginary environment or surroundings by a computer system using interactive software and hardware. The user interacts with simulated objects in real time. When used together with interactive hardware like a VR headset, the user is totally immersed in an imaginary world. Sensors can also be placed on the user’s body which then are interpreted by the software as movements in the simulated world.
How does VR work?
In short, we’re talking about computer created material doing its best to trick your brain. A virtual reality headset shows you an image. As soon as you move your head, it modifies that image so that it appears as if you’re really there. 3D audio can also enhance the experience and make you forget your physical surroundings.
Where can VR be used?
Videos and gaming are obvious choices, but virtual reality has a range of other uses.
From training and education, industrial design and architecture, medicine, scientific visualisation through to the simple experience of visiting and exploring buildings, environments and so on.
The possibilities are endless.
Augmented vs Virtual Reality (VR)
Virtual Reality (VR) is based upon a complete simulation of a real world environment and VR users immerse themselves in this fictional world. With Augmented Reality, you see the real world but with computer generated images overlaid on various objects within the real world. In other words, virtual reality replaces the real world with the artificial whereas augmented reality enhances real life with artificial constructs.
Below is a video clip from a VR tour of a VEO Hydropower Plant. Transport yourself to another world by immersing yourself in a VR tour.