What is Virtual Reality?
Allows exploration and interaction with a three-dimensional, computer-generated environment. A wide variety of software and equipment are available (and still developing) to experience VR. You might use an app on your smartphone device, or a headset connected to a desktop computer.
Augmented or Mixed Reality:
Is a limited type of VR, where digital features are added to the real world around you. A popular example of this is the Pokemon Go app.
Record in every direction at the same time, and are shot using an omnidirectional camera or a collection of cameras. 360-degree video content might be used to create a virtual tour of a location.
Have you heard of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Sony Playstation VR, or Google Cardboard? These are just a few examples of VR equipment.
HTC Vive is Currently Available at the Hardin Valley Library
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Description: This HMD (Head mounted display) in the high end of VR headsets and needs a PC. It uses two OLED displays that move to adjust your IPD for a perfect match for you vision. In combination with fresnel lenses, high frame rates, positional tracking and very low latency it is one of the most advanced consumer VR experiences you can currently have.
Requirements: The following computer system:
Manufacturer: HTC (Powered by Steam)
Positional Tracking: Yes
Room Scale Tracking: Yes, out of the box
Controls: Motion Controllers
Google Cardboard is Available for Checkout at Hardin Valley
Description: This HMD (Head mounted display) is the lowest entry VR mobile product you can buy. Although providing a cheap and simple introduction to VR, the Google Cardboard experience isn't well optimized which can lead to eye strain and motion sickness.
Requirements: A smartphone with a gyroscope.
Positional Tracking: None
Controls: You can use a third party Bluetooth controller.