It seems like every time I turn around one more “VR Experience” article is online. Some of these articles have even been published in major business magazines. Many articles are touting the new virtual reality technologies that are supposedly going to change the way we do things in future years. And some of them are actually looking at possible applications for virtual reality systems right now. So, what’s all the fuss about? How can a new technology lead to more opportunities and better jobs for everyone?
Well, let’s put it this way. Some of the most exciting, fresh ideas about virtual reality glasses are the ones that give an example of what we’re working on right now. Imagine if you’ll, being able to step into a different place, different time zone, with your own thoughts and ideas, even in real life. Okay, so let’s get started.
One of the most exciting prospects of virtual reality glasses is allowing everyone to have a virtual reality experience. By that I mean that you could walk down the street, drive a car, go to the library, and have all sorts of other experiences while using a pair of glasses. This is actually something that is closer to becoming reality than we think. After all, Google has already developed a self-contained virtual reality system, the Project Glass.
What this technology does is build upon the idea of using a pair of glasses to project images on the retina of your eye. The glasses themselves can be constructed from all kinds of materials, from cheap plastic ones to expensive glasses made of high-tech material like crystal. These glasses work by using a webcam to capture your own image and then digitize it on computer. The computer then combines the two images together to form an incredibly realistic display of what your eyes see. And that’s just one part of the virtual reality glasses.
To understand how this works, you need to know a bit about how our eyes work. When we look at something, we look at it from above (with our eyes), from the side (the cornea), from the top (the retina) or from the bottom (the glasses lenses). With a good VR system, the image that is captured by the camera and projected will be seen from all these different perspectives. This is called a stereo vision system.
The most advanced stereo systems will allow a person to see through the top, bottom, left or right eye. That’s great if you like to play video games, or have a long attention span. However, if you’re like most people, these glasses aren’t practical. If you’ve ever tried to read text on a computer screen, or watched a movie, then you know that reading text on a computer screen can be very difficult if your eyes are fatigued. Plus, those with astigmatism will find it hard to see well at all.
That’s why most VR systems also include a pair of binoculars that work hand-in-hand with a computer monitor. By using both of these together, you can look as if you were in a real setting. And because you’re inside a virtual reality, you can look down or look up, whichever feels more natural to you. For example, if you’re trying to look for a bird in the trees, you can look up. If you’re playing a first person shooter, you can look left or right.
In addition to being able to see normally, virtual reality glasses will also include other benefits for your eyes that you won’t get with regular glasses. Because there is a reduced distortion in the lenses, they will help your eyes adjust faster when you look up. There is less glare from reflections off of nearby windows and walls, so you’ll be able to read clearly and see the scene better. Some models include UV protection, so your eyes won’t end up burned when you read outside or stare into the sun. And your vision will remain clear even if you make quick jerky movements, so you won’t have to worry about accidentally cutting yourself with the glasses while playing a computer game or hunting.