Virtual reality gadgets have changed the way we experience the world. They add extra convenience to our experiences and open up new realms in the world of technology. Currently hundreds of developers are making VR games and apps, film-makers and big corporations are exploring the potential for animation and YouTube is creating 360-degree videos. Here’s everything you need to know.
The most important piece of a virtual reality kit is the headset. Luckily, Cardboard is a simple virtual reality headset that works great. Google's developer site provides the instructions and links to the materials you need to construct your headset. Once it's complete, you can download the Cardboard app, the world's most popular and accessible mobile VR platform. Cardboard is cheap and a good way to find out if virtual reality sparks your interest enough to invest in something more substantial like Gear VR or Oculus Rift. Some great apps for Google Cardboard include Chair in a Room, Proton Pulse and Coastiality VR.
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Netflix Virtual Theatre app
Oculus recently launched a Netflix app for its headset Gear VR. The best thing about watching video in virtual reality is that you can get lost inside a film. It's important to mention that the content itself is not VR, just the digital venue. Many movies are worth watching in VR, LUXOS’ favourites include Comet, Across the universe, Amelie and Trainspotting.
Online shopping is on the rise, but it does not give you the experience of going into a store and picking up items. VR is here to change that. People are already shopping through virtual reality, but it’s still in its beginning stages. Last year Alibaba launched Buy+, a virtual reality experience that could be accessed with a virtual reality headset, like Google Cardboard. With Buy+, people can wander around the store and add things to the cart. Once you select an object, details about the object’s width, height and price appear. Companies like Amazon and Ikea are also working on adding virtual reality shopping reality.
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Virtual reality is amazing, yet it makes some people sick. People are reporting that they experience symptoms of motion sickness while they're wearing VR headsets. Unfortunately, this is inevitable, VR headsets can cause motion sickness for some. If you're worried about this, there are a few things you can do to make the experience more pleasant. First, make sure your setup isn't what's making you feel ill. It's important you calibrate your VR headset per the instructions provided by the maker. You can adjust the field of view (FOV); a low FOV is less likely to cause motion sickness. Second, take a break for 15 minutes for every hour at least, you can use a timer to plan out breaks or just remove the headset from time to time. Remember that acclimatising to VR will be uncomfortable, and there is no knowing how long it could take.
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