Virtual reality in your pocket.
Virtual Reality is here and it has the potential to revolutionise the worlds of gaming, design, communication, business, film, photography and much more.
There’s been heaps going on in the world of virtual reality in the last year with the two largest VR companies releasing amazing virtual reality headsets. However, these head sets, called the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, can retail at over $1000 AUD…. This is pretty devastating
news for people looking to get involved in the VR revolution. But luckily, Google and Samsung are here for the everyday buyer.
A lot of people don’t realise that they already own a Virtual Reality device. Yep, just stick your hand in your pocket and chances are you’ll find a piece of VR technology called a smartphone.
Google Cardboard and the Samsung Gear VR are both cheap alternatives that can turn your smartphone into a virtual reality headset. Granted, the quality isn’t as great as the top competitors, but with the Gear VR costing approximately $150 AUD and the Google Cardboard costing only $20 AUD, they’re definitely worth trying out.
There’s also a bunch of apps and games available (most for free), that you can use to test out your new VR goggles.
You can swim under water with divers, climb cliff faces with rock climbers, play interactive horror games, or pretend you’re on a one of the planets from Star Wars.
Game and app developers are constantly working on and innovating with the VR technology and new products are being invented every day.
One cool feature is a Google app that allows you to take 360 degree photos and then look around your image with the VR goggles. It’s a really immersive experience that makes you feel like you’re actually there.
360 degree videos are also starting to emerge on YouTube. If you watch one of these with your goggles you’ll be able to look around a 3D space within the video.
These are really cool pieces of tech and it’s great that they’ve been made so cheap and accessible for the general public. If you’re looking for an entry into the world of virtual reality then here’s a great place to start!