HoloLens Released on March 30th, 2016, the Microsoft HoloLens is an augmented reality headset which runs on Microsoft’s Mixed Reality software platform based on the Windows 10 operating system. Inspired by the technology seen within Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect, the HoloLens are smart glasses that overlays objects and elements over the players vision. Using AR technology,the Microsoft HoloLens has been marketed towards businesses and enterprise. The HoloLens can impact businesses due to the headsets numerous applications, with the HoloLens able to train individuals, provide on-site guidance, visualise products for training and marketing purposes and allow people to work collaboratively in the same space.
Are the days of the paperback numbered? Increasingly, digital technologies are replacing traditional methods of communication. But is this such a bad thing? Immersive technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are being used by companies and organisations from wide ranging sectors to communicate with audiences in an attempt to foster deeper connection. We’ve rounded up some of the best projects and schemes that are utilising new, immersive technologies in exciting new ways.
If you’re unfamiliar with AR (augmented reality) you might be surprised to know that yourself along with millions of others own an AR ready device, that is, if you own a recently released smartphone produced by either Android or Apple. Whereas VR (virtual reality) creates a virtual world in which players can interact with, AR overlays and works with the real world. In the past we’ve spoken about virtual reality training but what about AR training?
Telehealth is the use of technology, either internet or phone technology to assist in the healthcare of remote patients. Primarily, it involves the exchange of data so that doctors and other medical professionals can better treat and monitor patients with long term illnesses. This comes in the form of check-ups through telephone or video conferencing software, reminders to patient as well as live monitoring of patients. We’ve spoken about VR’s usage in the healthcare sector , with its ability to train medical professionals and treat mental health issues.
Attended by nearly 200 thousand people in Las Vegas, CES is one of the biggest trade shows in the world. CES or the Consumer Electronics Show displays the latest technology from companies like Google and Intel to Lenovo to LG. At CES, massive technology companies will showcase their existing products and announce new products to the public. VR companies such as Oculus and HTC will showcase VR hardware with HTC announcing their new VR headset at this year’s CES.
2018 saw the release of the Oculus GO and the HTC Vive Pro as well as the announcement of the Oculus Quest and the rise of Playstation VR. It’s been a great year for VR with more games and headsets on the way, but what does 2019 have in store for the VR market? We discuss more below and look at the upcoming year for the VR market. Oculus Quest The Oculus Quest will be released in Spring 2019 and could potentially have a massive impact on the VR market.
Augmented Reality has become a massive part of our everyday lives, from playing games such as Pokémon Go to interacting on social media with Instagram and Snapchat filters. In this blog we’ll look to the future and discuss the biggest trends in 2019 in the augmented reality space. Mobile AR The mobile AR market is large and will continue to expand in 2019. The fact that hundreds of millions of people own a smartphone of some kind means that there are hundreds of millions of people already with AR ready devices.
First teased under the name of ‘Project Santa Cruz’, the Oculus Quest is a new VR headset from Oculus set to be released early next year in spring 2019 for around $399. In this blog, we’ll layout everything you need to know about the Oculus Quest and why it’s so important for the VR industry. The Facts The Oculus Rift has been a key figure in the VR space for a while, rivalling the HTC Vive, with both being powerful piece of hardware for games and other applications.
Mental health is a massive issue, with many people suffering from some sort of mental health issue. In the past we’ve spoken about using VR in the healthcare industry, mentioning VR’s use in exposure therapy. VR can treat multiple different mental health disorders, from agoraphobia to arachnophobia. In this blog, we’ll explore just 5 of the many ways in which VR can be used in therapy to help patients with mental health issues.
As technology has advanced, so have the ways in which we educate and tell stories. From interactive stories and games that engage and educate, to VR and AR being used in museums to create unique experiences. Recently, there has been a rise in the use of AR and VR in museums with history museums, science museums, heritage sites etc, taking advantage of augmented and virtual reality technology to teach and educate their audiences.