VIRTUAL AND AUGMENTED REALITY
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A NEW WORLD?
In virtual reality, users can see and often move in any direction. Their movements are transferred directly into the virtual world – when the user turns his head to the left in the real world, he also looks in this direction in the virtual world Diving into virtual reality conveys the feeling that what you see is real. This feeling is also called “immersion”.
Think about it before you continue scrolling: what are the advantages of such an application?
AUGMENTED LIVING, WORKING, LEARNING
On the one hand, digital information can be displayed on a screen (e. g. on a smartphone or tablet). The device's camera captures reality so that special AR content such as text, videos, images or virtual objects are directly displayed in the context of reality.
The digital information can also be displayed directly in front of the user's eyes: AR glasses are used for this. There is a small screen inside the glasses. In this way, digital information reaches the user's field of vision directly.
GADGETS AND DEVICES
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SETTING OUT INTO NEW WORLDS
An easy and inexpensive way to experience virtual worlds is with the cardboard glasses from Google. You can buy them for under 10 Euros. Once you have assembled them, you simply place your smartphone with the corresponding app into the cardboard glasses. Samsung has developed a similar pair of glasses. However, for the “Samsung Gear VR” you also need the corresponding smartphone.
A lot of exciting applications and games have already been developed for higher priced VR glasses such as “Oculus Rift”, “HTC Vive” or “Playstation VR”. To use the glasses, you need either a powerful computer or, in the case of Playstation VR, a Playstation console.
IS IT ALL JUST A GAME?
The possibilities are endless: in the video game “Moss” for Playstation VR, for example, you are accompanied by a small mouse that speaks and cooperates with you in the virtual world again and again. In the game “World of Tanks” you can take part in tank battles in war zones. But many people also see dangers in VR - precisely because the worlds are becoming more and more real.
Do video games have to become more and more realistic?
WITH NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN THE FUTURE
However, the proximity can also be dangerous: according to journalist Eva Wolfangel, the striking images and experiences “play with their user’s empathy”. That is, they play on their compassion. People are always being influenced – positively or, when necessary, negatively.
A FIELD TRIP TO MARS
A QUESTION OF ACCEPTANCE?
Read on to find out why these technologies can also cause doubts and fear.
A Question of Acceptance?SCENARIO 1: VIRTUAL REALITY
Many people are afraid that virtual reality will lead to people preferring to spend their time there and not in the real world. For outsiders, it is simply not clear what people see, experience or do behind their glasses. Those who are in virtual reality live alone and no longer need company.
Will we no longer need the company of real people due to virtual reality? Will this turn everyone into a single player in real life?
A Question of Acceptance?SCENARIO 2: AUGMENTED REALITY
Many people are afraid of a situation like this and ask themselves: which information does the person with the smart glasses have that I do not? What are the smart glasses recording? In the future, will smart glasses be able to recognize when I am lying or telling the truth?
What impact would this have on you in a situation like this? What kind of feelings does this trigger in you?
REVOLUTIONIZING THE WORKING WORLD
SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS
Augmented and virtual reality can help people recognize dangers more quickly in the future. Warnings are displayed directly in the employees' field of vision. In addition, drills for dangerous situations can be repeated as often as desired in the virtual world.
MORE THAN A THOUSAND WORDS
Just imagine: you could enjoy the view from your hotel room even before your dream holiday begins. Or you could sit in your new living room before it has even been built.
The marketing industry has already realized: a virtual or augmented world says more than a thousand words.
AN ADVANTAGE AT WORK?
For his own work, he found it rather stressful – aching eyes, concentration problems and problems switching between virtual and actual reality. But the potential is there, says Hern, the technology simply has to become more user-friendly.
AUGMENTED EVERYDAY LIFE
A SECOND LIFE
On the following pages, you will accompany four people in their daily lives. Learn how augmented and virtual reality enrich their lives.
Think about itbefore you continue scrolling: How could the technologies change the doctor's profession? Which advantages would you have as a patient?
As an artist, Frida is always on the lookout for new inspirations - no matter whether she paints or draws. On the Internet, she encounters virtual worlds. She cannot stop thinking about the possibilities virtual reality could have for her art.
Think about it before you continue scrolling: Can art enter virtual worlds? What could this kind of art look like?
The American artist Chris Milk sees VR as “the last medium for storytelling”. As an art form, no other medium has the ability to close the gap between the viewer and the artist like virtual reality.
Think about it before you continue scrolling: Which possibilities do augmented and virtual reality offer in psychotherapy?
What new possibilities does Alexander have thanks to virtual and augmented reality?
In virtual and augmented worlds, the dimensions of space - i.e. size and depth - are realistically represented. If the desired effect is not achieved during planning, the architects can immediately try out alternatives.
It is often difficult for customers to imagine a finished project. Virtual and augmented reality, on the other hand, present building plans very vividly. This makes it possible, at a very early stage, to adapt the plans to the wishes and ideas of the customers.
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