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Major Virtual Reality Developments In 2015

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Major Virtual Reality Developments In 2015

Virtual reality has been receiving a lot of attention recently with many seeing its immense potential for applications across multiple fields. This resulted in tons of money being put in by investors towards the development of virtual reality, content creators devising ways of creating films, advertisements etc in VR, as well as millions going through their first-time VR experience. Virtual reality has become a technology that has begun to be taken seriously by all. Let us look at the major virtual reality developments in 2015.

2015 has been a great year for virtual reality. New VR headsets, new methods of capturing and controlling VR imagery etc were announced by companies. It was in March that we saw the introduction of the Vive headset – a product of collaboration between HTC and Valve Software. One can walk around with the headset on, as a tracking system keeps track of one’s location using lasers. We can expect the commercial release of this headset in April 2016.

It was in June that we saw the unveiling of Rift, the first consumer headset from Facebook-owned Oculus, as well as Oculus Touch hand controllers. With a wide field of view and two OLED displays, the headset also features a speaker over each ear. The user’s movements will be tracked by a separate sensor, and the headset will be required to be connected to a powerful computer. Hand gestures such as waving, pointing etc will be enabled by the controls. The headset is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2016 while the hand controls are expected to be released in the second quarter.

In January, we saw the debut of Microsoft’s HoloLens. Combining the real world with 3-D virtual visuals, the HoloLens actually features ‘augmented reality’. In June, Google announced a new type of camera called ‘Jump’ – this camera can be used for making live-action 3-D virtual reality videos. A circular array of 16 cameras captures each point from three perspectives, which is followed by the conversion of the footage to 3-D.

In November, the photography startup Lytro said that it is in the process of developing a spherical camera for taking live-action 3-D virtual reality films. For the promotion of the virtual reality documentary “The Displaced”, Google Cardboard virtual-reality kits were delivered to subscribers by the New York Times in November. Introduced in 2014, Google Cardboard is a low-cost handheld virtual reality headset which simply requires a smart-phone to be inserted in it for a virtual reality experience. November also saw the release of the Samsung Gear VR headset’s latest version.

Virtual reality is a technology that can be very beneficial for the growth of your business. A reputed virtual reality company can deliver high-quality virtual reality solutions which can help take your business to the next level. Before selecting a virtual reality company, make sure that the team they have in place has the experience and skills necessary to deliver the best results – right from 360 videography and virtual reality knowledge transfer solutions to advanced visualisation. Choosing the right virtual reality company can make an enormous difference.

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