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Virtual Reality

A guide on virtual reality resources and library equipment.

What is Virtual Reality?

What is Virtual Reality?

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.

360-degree videos: 

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

Reserve the station here!

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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: 

  • GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 970, AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or better
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-4590/AMD FX™ 8350 equivalent or better
  • RAM: 4 GB or more
  • Video output: HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2 or newer
  • USB port: 1x USB 2.0 or better port
  • Operating system: Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8.1 or later, Windows® 10

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

Check out here!

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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.

Manufacturer: Google

Positional Tracking: None

Controls: You can use a third party Bluetooth controller.


DIY Instructions to Build a Google Cardboard Headset

Download Google Cardboard Apps Here

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