Virtual technology (VR) and augmented reality (AR) has been round since the late 1960’s when Ivan Sutherland created a head mounted display which demonstrated simple wire-frame drawings with the aid of a computer generated graphics. Since its creation VR and Ar have advanced leap and bounds. It is suggested that this technology is going to be the origin of future computers, which will bring the virtual and real world together into one 'super world.' This technology can literally turn the environment you are in, into something completely different.
Their are three different versions of augmented reality, Augmented reality 3D viewers allows the placement of life size 3D objects in your environment with the use of trackers. The second type is Augmented Reality browsers which allows people to look back through time of any historical building by using the camera on their smartphone. The final version is the usage of Augmented reality in video games. This version of Ar is seen in games such as Pokemon Go, which allows people to walk around their real environment and catch video game characters through the use of their phones.
An example of a VR video turning a person into a T-Rex.
Before this workshop I had not experienced virtual reality at all, but I have experienced augmented reality. My first experience of augmented reality was with Universal studios interactive DVD covers. These special edition covers brought the main characters of the film to life. An example of this is shown below.
This video shows me using the augment reality app in the workshop. I managed to scan an image of a drinks can and created an avatar which reacts when the can is on show. I found augment reality really fun to play with however unlike projection mapping you are limited by the software. As you cannot create the animation yourself, you have to select what animation you would like to react with certain objects. Apart from this I really enjoyed using this technology.
As this was the first time using VR I was really taken away with it. I had a go on the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. I was mos impressed by the Vive as this technology fully immersed me into a virtual environment. I really enjoyed walking around this virtual space and manipulating it to what I wanted to do.