Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is when a computer generates a three dimensional environment where by the user can interact with it. This is done by using electronic equipment that has special sensors.

Upon researching the term of virtual reality and experiencing this concept it innovative and exciting for the future. Many major technology companies such as Google and Samsung have capitalised on VR. They have created googles (special equipment) that allow you to experience environments that we would never been able to experience such as walking on mars. You can chose your virtual reality by downloading your chosen environment on their app stores.

The concept of a virtual reality was seemingly far reached 10years ago but in todays world where technology has made dramatic advancements anything is possible. With this said my thoughts on VR is a great attribute to how far the world of technology has come. Now that these low cost efficient goggles are available to the general public, this un tapped niche is becoming more main stream.

Virtual reality is far more than just related to the world of games and fun. Virtual reality can be applied to the real world for example it can be use to help disable people who may be paralysed and bed bond. They can experience things that they may fee like there missing out on. All it can be used to help train soldiers for wars, it can be applied in their training so the can experience any circumstances that may come their way.

Nicole Stenger Virtual

NASA testing VR

Augumented reality

Augmented reality has the same similarities as virtual reality (VR) which creates an artificial environment whereas AR creates the artificial based on real time input. Augmented reality uses digital information and media which overlays in real time on smartphones and tablets.

Augmented reality app are designed using special 3D programs which allow the designers to created animation and specials into their operating system to create AR application. The smart devices contain GPS and compasses which the AR app takes advantage of to ensure that the correct real time information is perceived.

In recents weeks i have downloaded an AR app which enables a user to see how the skeletal structure is within the human body and how the heart beats with different sections i.e. the aorta. Going from this app i can see this being used within real life situations such as hospitals where we can save a lot time and resources where we can pin point an object more accurately. As technology is advancing this provide simpler solutions rather than using tedious manual labor to save lives more efficiently. However there and numerous situations AR can also be more beneficial.

Just like virtual reality, AR is becoming more mainstream and companies such as IKEA is taking use where you can visualise their products in your home as if it was right there with the right dimensions and textures.

Projection Mapping

Projection mapping (PM) is like augmented reality however it takes a 2D format to created a 3D effect. PM can be used in a variety of ways such as in theatres which will reduces the cost of props and locations themes.

Example of Projection Mapping


Microcontrollers are micro computers which are embedded within a variety of everyday objects such as mobiles, TV remotes and computers. What these tiny computers do is control information such as the iMac's timing controller. What it does is controls the graphics so the LED's are on, in the right places and showing the right colours. All this enhances the persons experiences since technology is improving and objects are doing more and still becoming quicker. Furthermore, Apple has also embedded a microcontroller within their iPhone chips which controls motions such as the accelerometer data. This microcontroller then relays this data to correct place within the phone, saving battery life and enhancing the users experience so the main chip can do more complex data.

In, the last workshop we experimented with 'Little Bits' and 'Arduino'. The first one i used was 'Little Bits' this allows users to create objects by using different components such as batteries and a variety of other segments to create something. i used batteries and a sound component to create a buzzer sound effect.

The second was the Arduino kit which was drasitcly different and more complex to fathom because it is more technological in the sense that every component had to be in the correct order and connected correctly. At first my object failed to work since when i was constructing it, I miss placed a wire which was not in the right order causing nothing to happen however this was easily resolved by rearranging wires. I didn't use Arduino for long but recognise that it was open-sourced meaning everyone can create how they see fit and this can be used for creating numerous electronic concepts.

Overall, I've felt that I have acquired a vast amount of knowledge about the technological world that some take for granted. These three weeks with Clive have made be more aware of the advancing technology and where we are heading in the future.


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