Many businesses, from call centers to retail establishments, are using top VR devices in order to provide a real-life experience in their environment. Real life is often the best way to learn and also, the best way to motivate your workforce! But what if there was an option for VR workplaces, where employees could feel like they were actually in the office? Only a handful of devices currently allow for positionally tracked tracking, however this is a large step forward in making that feeling of actual presence, reducing VR sickness, and making it possible for employees to use VR technology in ways they may not have been able previously.
Two of the top vr devices right now, and likely for years to come, are Microsoft’s woolens and Google Glass. Hololens is the more sophisticated and advanced of the two, however as far as being user friendly goes, both offer their fair share of challenges. The major difference between these two devices is their tracking abilities, which are quite different. Hololens works with the use of two infrared cameras in order to create a digital representation of the wearer’s position.
In terms of tracking capabilities, Google Glass seems to be on the same level as hololens in terms of precision. However, Google’s video lens is much more efficient than the former, as it can accurately track a person’s exact location within a very short time. If one were to compare the two, then one would have to estimate that the current crop of top vr devices, namely Microsoft’s hologram headsets and the HTC vIVE, would probably fall somewhere in between the two. However, it is still pretty accurate and most people will not even notice it, even when traveling in crowds of people.
VR Device Technologies
To this end, we have Google’s new and highly experimental Project Glass, which is currently in its experimental stages. This is arguably one of the best augmented reality smartphones available today, especially when paired with the HTC Explorer. What makes it so special is that it looks like an ordinary pair of prescription glasses. People who wear the lenses will be able to interact with the virtual reality environment using their own glasses, much like how bifocals and monoculars allow people to see in the real world. In fact, it is even possible to play 3D games while wearing the glasses, thanks to the specially designed lenses.
As one of the best augmented reality smartphones currently available, it is not surprising that Google would be creating its own proprietary augmented reality device. However, there are rumors that the next generation of Google smartphones may incorporate a similar technology as well. Regardless, one thing is for sure: Even though Google is busy working on its own virtual reality project, Apple has already released its own development kit called iOS 5, which is designed to work seamlessly with the iPhone’s existing apps.
If YouTube is going to make a name for itself among video-sharing outlets, then it makes sense that the company’s iPhone will be able to support it. Currently, all YouTube devices include an application called Daydream, which allows the viewing of videos on the go. This can easily translate into a mobile format, where you can use your favorite YouTube app to watch videos on the fly in augmented reality, just like you would with any other app. We’ve seen this idea applied on a variety of different devices, including smart phones and tablets. Now, it looks as though the next generation of Google’s smartphone will be able to incorporate the same software that powers YouTube, as well as additional features.
In all, this would mean that one day you might be able to walk into a Starbucks and place orders with your coffee without having to carry cash – thanks to augmented reality programs like Apple’s iWatch and Samsung’s GearVR. In the earnings conference call today, Samsung emphasized that it’s still early days for these products, as it wants to focus on the reliability, ease of use, and comfort of its new devices. But one thing is for sure: augmented reality will become more than just a marketing fad, as evidenced by the success of both YouTube and Google.