Virtual reality is a computer-generated environment that replaces the user’s real environment. A head-mounted VR display, or HMD, lets you look around the virtual world as if you were really there. A 360-degree 3D perspective makes the digital environment feel highly convincing, and by blocking off the real world, headset-based VR can provide a deep level of involvement and immersion.
For accurate and intuitive interactions within the virtual world, HMDs need to be supported by precise motion tracking of the user’s head movements. Handheld controllers enable interaction with the virtual environment using hand gestures.
Mobile and connected VR headsets
VR headsets are either mobile or tethered (connected). Most mobile headsets, like Samsung Gear VR, are shells with lenses into which you slot your smartphone. Standalone mobile units, with no phone required, are now also starting to enter the market. Tethered VR headsets, like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, are connected by wire to a PC – or a game console. These PC-controlled devices provide notably better image quality and head tracking than smartphone-powered VR headsets. The most realistic, immersive and high-end VR experiences are today delivered through tethered headsets.
New communication platform
VR is a new communication platform. It enables looking, reaching, touching and experiencing products in an entirely new manner. User experience design is important to provide easy and natural interaction and the right level of immersion to make users feel comfortable in the virtual world. The right task–technology fit is also important in VR solutions. The choice between headset-based and projection-based VR depends on the specific use case. Our experts will help you with the selection, as with every step of your VR project.
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