Looking at what they have showed in the workshop it can have many possibility's. they had the examples of using the power of the visual environment with the Oculus Rift, the Leap Motion the HTC Vive and using a normal smart phone that anyone can use. Our tutor was showing an example he thought of where if there is some historic building or monuments you could take a photo that could show the past pictures or drawing of the building to see what has changed about it. what this uses is a creative computer generated images that can fit into the real world which makes augmented reality where as virtual reality digitally creates spaces where it is defined as as “A Computer generated ‘World’ in which the user is engaged with typically via a HMD [Head Mounted Display]”
I had thought of a similar idea to that but rather a usage of the phone for the visual environments i was thinking of using the Oculues or the HTC Vive to put you into a historical town like London where you can move around in the town to explore the entire town. This can work with only the historical town that will have a record of the historical documents of the layout of the town.
it can be used is for different kinds of ways. One idea that i thought of was a way of using it as a way of creating music. using the VIVE you can be in a room where you can select of the kind of instrument you want and then create a time line and play notes to it. The Leap Motion can also use it like this with a piano playing the different keys but don't see it using any other instrument.
Right now the most popular usage of using virtual environments is the game Pokemon GO where it uses the real world and the map application to it so that the player can walk around to find Pokemon in their own location.
My experience of using the different kinds of visual environments where all different in there own way. The Oculus Rift screen is very disorienting. it feel like you are putting your face in front of a old CRT TV which does give me a headache that to me it seems like it can be a piece of hardware that can be used for a limited time before it become to uncomfortable. the rest of the Oculus was a fun product that can bring up many ideas for it. The HTC Vive is a much better version of the Oculus where the screen wasn't a uncomfortable experience to use where it can be worn for quite a while with no problems of giving me a headache. The use of the controllers of the vive is a unique experience that give it more possibilities than the Oculus Rift. There as no lag to the system which was a pleasant thing that did surprised me. The Leap Motion is a very good software that can easily map out your hand and fingers but the problem that i had with is that it can lose the connection very quick
Connecting two worlds
in this workshop they showed us how to make a microcontroller where it says on the how stuff works website says that (http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/microcontroller.htm) "Microcontrollers are hidden inside a surprising number of products these days. If your microwave oven has an LED or LCD screen and a keypad, it contains a microcontroller. All modern automobiles contain at least one microcontroller, and can have as many as six or seven: The engine is controlled by a microcontroller, as are the anti-lock brakes, the cruise control and so on. Any device that has a remote control almost certainly contains a microcontroller: TVs, VCRs and high-end stereo systems all fall into this category."
we had used Arduino and Little Bits. Arduino website give a description of the product (https://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/Introduction) "Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to the microcontroller on the board. To do so you use the Arduino programming language (based on Wiring), and the Arduino Software (IDE), based on Processing." and the Little Bits has a page understanding how this works too (http://littlebits.cc/how-it-works)
Arduino and the Little Bits are basically the same idea of using microcontroller with Arduino more complex than Little Bits. Arduino was a fun to use but was very unforgiving to you when you mess up the circuit and the software on the computer was not very co-operative to when we tried out the circuit that we had finished and was a confusing trying to get the right software setting for it too. Little Bits was more easy for me to get a grasp on; I had made many things with it like a alarm clock, a light and a buzzer. the simplicity of little bits makes anyone who has no experience of using this kind of digital media.
here is an example of the Micro-controllers
here is a example of how far you can use this for.
here's the use of the littlebits
a way that this can be used of sort of a way of cooking where it will measure the temperature of the oven with the use thermometer sensor and timer that can control your oven when your not there. it could be a bracelet that you wear and then a circuitry that places on the door of the oven or could be inside the over granted that uses a heat proof cover to not entirely break the circuits. this can be helpful when you have to leave the house you bring the bracelet with you that can notify the wearer when the time is done so you can turn off the oven or leave it to a lower setting of heat to not over cook the food. this can also be useful for a safety too; when you are maybe forgetful and will remind you or when you come back from drinking on a night out and you put food in the oven and possibility you passing there will be a notification and if not responded in a certain amount of time then the oven will automatically turn it off