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AR/VR_en_90min

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Slip through the city in a giant slide? Anything is possible in virtual worlds. In the video you will receive an impression of what virtual reality is.

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Think about it before you continue scrolling: what are the advantages of such an application?

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Many people are afraid to get lost in virtual and augmented worlds and not find their way back to reality. However, the technologies can have many advantages for everyday life.  

On the following pages, you will accompany four people in their daily lives. Learn how augmented and virtual reality enrich their lives.

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In the hospital, Carla has to do many different things at once. Some patients want to know whether their therapy is progressing or have questions about upcoming operations. At the same time, however, Carla must also make arrangements with colleagues to ensure the best possible treatment for her patients. 

Think about itbefore you continue scrolling: How could the technologies change the doctor's profession? Which advantages would you have as a patient?

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Augmented and virtual reality support doctors in planning their work. The technologies help patients, for example, to better understand therapies and operations. They also enable operations to be planned precisely and various methods to be tested safely.  

The video will provide insight into virtual operation planning.

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“Art does not reproduce what we see. It makes us see.” – Paul Klee 

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?

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Art has always aspired to transport us to foreign worlds. Huge panorama paintings such as the “Panorama of Racławice”, from the Polish city of Wroclaw, are supposed to integrate the viewer directly into the action. Virtual worlds can also achieve this. 

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.

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Helping people has always been Theresa's goal. As a psychotherapist, she is sensitive to the fears, worries and problems of her patients. Fears and phobias in particular can be treated effectively. In order to achieve success, patients must be open to therapy. However, it is often difficult to create the right conditions for this. 

Think about it before you continue scrolling: Which possibilities do augmented and virtual reality offer in psychotherapy?

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There are many reasons for developing fears and phobias. However, therapy is often very time-consuming and expensive. This is where virtual worlds can help. Patients do not have to be exposed to any danger (e.g. actual heights) and are thus, often more motivated to start therapy voluntarily.

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Designing, planning and building buildings is Alexander’s passion. He has always tried to use the latest trends and technologies for his projects. His ambition is to make his buildings as modern and efficient as possible.

What new possibilities does Alexander have thanks to virtual and augmented reality?

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On paper, every building is perfect. But is that also the case when people actually enter it?

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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Anything but boring: with virtual reality, history, politics or biology are becoming more tangible than ever before. Have you always wanted to know what it felt like on a medieval battlefield? Virtual realities make it possible. 


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The project “Clouds over Sidra” impressively illustrates the effect of virtual reality. The project shows a day in the life of twelve-year-old Syrian Sidra in the Jordanian refugee camp Za'atari. This can perhaps help understand the worries and fears of the refugees.

According to director Chris Milk, a film like this uses the peculiarities of virtual worlds to consciously draw attention to injustices. The people who can actually change the world – e. g. politicians – can be there at first hand. This enables them to have a better idea of how those affected feel. Experiences in the virtual world may then have an impact on their decisions. Watch the video Sidras World in 360°.

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A study in Germany shows that about one in six Germans has already experienced virtual reality. However, one third of Germans rule out regular use for themselves. Why is that?

Read on to find out why these technologies can also cause doubts and fear.


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Imagine you are walking through a pedestrian zone. No one is on the street. All you see behind every window are people wearing VR glasses. No one speaks with anyone. 

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?

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Imagine you are at a job interview. The person sitting across from you is wearing smart glasses. After each of your answers, your conversation partner waits a moment and then formulates a new question. You have the feeling he knows more than you do. 

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?

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The film “Ready Player One” by director Steven Spielberg conjures up this image of the future:

In the future, humanity only lives in the virtual world. They earn their money and meet other people there. The more beautiful the virtual world, the more chaotic and broken reality is. That is why more and more people are withdrawing into the OASIS, the digital world.  

But is a future like this even realistic? What do you think? Can virtual and augmented realities become dangerous for people?   

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Your journey through the world of virtual and augmented realities ends here. Foreign worlds, fantastic journeys or helpful support for your working life are waiting for you behind the next pair of VR or AR glasses. Are you willing to take the plunge?

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