WHAT IS VIRTUAL REALITY?
Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. Unlike traditional user interfaces, VR places the user inside an experience. Instead of viewing a screen in front of them, users are immersed and able to interact with 3D worlds. By simulating as many senses as possible, such as vision, hearing, touch, even smell, the computer is transformed into a gatekeeper to this artificial world. The only limits to near-real VR experiences are the availability of content and cheap computing power. (Source)
TYPES OF VIRTUAL REALITY
Chances are when you think of VR, you’re picturing a fully-immersive experience – complete with head-mounted displays, headphones, gloves, and maybe a treadmill or some kind of suspension apparatus.
This type of VR is commonly used for gaming and other entertainment purposes in VR arcades or even in your home
VIRTUAL REALITY HARDWARE
VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) SOFTWARE
Virtual Reality (VR) technology, creates a completely 3-D environment.VR software works together with VR hardware to immerse the user into the virtual world. Developers also have to create interactive components within the environments that look and even feel like the real deal.
Why Use Virtual reality (VR) Software?
This technology can provide varying benefits to users in myriad fields.
Virtual reality is increasingly proving its value in a number of different fields. The following are just a few examples.
Virtual reality is still a young technology, so the different subcategories of the technology are still emerging. The following are some subcategories that are prominent in the space.
VR software comes equipped with myriad features so users may create a fully fledged VR experience. The following features are commonly found in these types of solutions, but are not always guaranteed to be included.
While we can expect VR software and headsets to become more affordable in the near future, pricing is currently this technology’s biggest hurdle. With VR software and devices still costing a great deal of money, consumers have had very limited interactions with VR. Because of that, they are unable to see use cases applicable to their careers and daily lives.
VR often goes hand in hand with augmented reality (AR). AR software takes a 3D-generated object and seamlessly stitches it into the real world. VR and AR have begun to converge in another type of technology referred to as mixed reality (MR), which lets users see virtual objects in real-world environments, while anchoring the objects to a point in real space.
VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) COMPANIES IN SOUTH AFRICA
The VRSA “Virtual Reality South Africa Association” mission is to promote South African based Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality companies, individuals and developers Internationally as well as locally in South Africa. We encourage all our members to use best practices and good ethics when developing Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality solutions and aim to list only the best of the best South African Virtual Reality companies as members.
The idea is that when the public or companies seek to work with Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality companies and they are part of the Virtual Reality South African Association companies and the public know that they are working with professionals. (Source)
SELECTED BOOKS FROM THE UJ LIBRARY CATALOGUE
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VIRTUAL REALITY INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS