Reality vs. Virtual Reality: What are the differences and similarities?
6 April 2014, 10:25 pm EDT By Vamien McKalin Tech Times
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AR and VR is on the rise to dominate our lives in the coming years.
However, which is better? ( Oculus VR )
Technology is improving at a rapid pace, as many things are possible today
that were not possible 10 years ago even if we tried our best to make it
happen. Today, some of the impossible things are rising to the occasion in the
form of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. But what are they exactly? Let's
Back in the 1990s, virtual reality was on the lips of everyone as multiple
companies tried and failed to make it happen. The most notable device back then
was the Nintendo Virtual Boy, though it failed miserably, and was discontinued
a year after going on sale. Since then, Nintendo has never attempted improve on
the technology, which could set the company behind its competition as virtual
reality is slowly creeping back into our lives.
When it comes to augmented reality, we're looking at something that has
found more success in the consumer space when compared to virtual reality.
We've seen several applications with AR, along with video game and hardware
devices such as the Google Glass. It is clear that the way things are right
now, AR has the upper hand against VR, and that might not be changing anytime
Augmented reality is the blending of virtual reality and real life, as
developers can create images within applications that blend in with contents in
the real world. With AR, users are able to interact with virtual contents in
the real world, and are able to distinguish between the two.
What is Virtual Reality
Virtual reality is all about the creation of a virtual world that users can
interact with. This virtual world should be designed in such a way that users
would find it difficult to tell the difference from what is real and what is
not. Furthermore, VR is usually achieved by the wearing of a VR helmet or
goggles similar to the Oculus Rift.
Difference and similarities
Both virtual reality and augmented reality are similar in the goal of
immersing the user, though both systems to this in different ways. With AR,
users continue to be in touch with the real world while interacting with
virtual objects around them. With VR, the user is isolated from the real world
while immersed in a world that is completely fabricated. As it stands, VR might
work better for video games and social networking in a virtual environment, such
as Second Life, or even PlayStation Home.
technology will succeed?
As it stands, augmented reality is ahead of virtual reality, as there are
several products already on the market. We are witnessing the rise of AR
hardware devices from Google in the form of Glass, and also plans from
Microsoft to launch something similar with its $150 million purchase for
wearable computing assets.
On the matter of VR, the technology is just stepping up to the plate. It's
still far away from being this great thing for social encounters in a virtual
world, but with the rise of the Oculus Rift, it is getting there.
We believe both AR and VR will succeed; however, AR might have more
commercial success though, because it does not completely take people out of
the real world.
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