VR Or AR?Virtual Reality is a computer generated simulation of real life, while Augmented Reality layers enhancements on top of the real world. While Virtual Reality is often talked about as being the future of gaming, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Augmented Reality is more likely to be the future. For business and development uses, however, both Virtual and Augmented Reality have already proven a popular choice.
Possible Uses And ApplicationsGaming is the most obvious use of Virtual Reality, and it is this industry that will push the development of consumer VR headsets forward. There are already a limited number of options available to the consumer, including Valve and HTC’s Vive as well as the announced launch of the Playstation VR set, which was previously called Project Morpheus. Retail businesses, including those in the fashion, interior and exterior design, and home refurbishment and decoration industries, can also benefit. Manufacturing, design, and development roles may also require or benefit from virtual and augmented reality design skills. The Different Elements Required For Augmented Reality There are different elements required in the production of augmented reality, so if your skills do not necessarily lie in the use of the Unity development platform, you could still be involved in augmented reality development:
- Visual – For virtual reality, it is necessary to capture and utilise panoramic 3D footage. Videographers, as well as 3D animators and 3D designers can create image files for use in the creation of augmented reality worlds.
- Audio – Virtual reality is less likely to require audio files, because it will usually rely on genuine and live audio, but the overlaying of enhanced audio will be a major component in augmented reality. Audio producers are required for the development of this type of software and platform, therefore.
- Coding – Once the video, audio, and enhanced layers have been created, coding is required to combine these files and also to determine how users interact with the augmented reality world.
- Hardware – There is an increasing number of VR headsets available, while mobile phones and other mobile devices can be capable of offering Augmented Reality, or combined with mobile units like Google Cardboard, to create mobile VR headsets. Development of these and other items of hardware for use with alternative reality platforms will continue, and it will require developers and engineers to advance these devices.