Guide to Virtual Reality
As practice shows, the scope of VR is so wide that a brief description of each of them can take several pages. We will focus on some of them.
For many, VR is associated primarily with the entertainment industry. Of course, computer games are a huge industry and driver for VR development, but the film industry does not stand still, solutions for creating VR video are already available, which allows you to create movies that you can watch by wearing a VR helmet.
Oddly enough, VR’s professional applications are much larger. These include the creation of graphic content, research, development of work processes (installation of equipment and repair of equipment), assessment of the practicality of interiors and exteriors, demonstrations for customers and potential buyers (architecture, transport, automotive and not only). Simulators of flights and vehicle management, modeling of chemical and physical processes (acquaintance with the computer model with the help of visualization). And this is not a complete list. Technologies of virtuality are in demand everywhere, where it is necessary “full immersion” in other worlds. VR allows you to significantly expand the capabilities of industrial designers and designers, allowing you to make a more accurate assessment and analysis of their developments in conditions close to reality.
Among the companies that actively use VR to develop products and communicate with customers, include such automobile giants as Audi, Ford, BMW, Daimler. Architectural bureaus AEcom, Gensler actively use VR to ensure that customers of projects in the early stages can appreciate the ergonomics and convenience of the created premises.
VR has long been not a toy for teenagers, it is a complete and complex software and hardware solution, and with the advent of affordable equipment and solutions based on it, VR technologies can be applied in any human activity, going far beyond the boundaries of the entertainment industry.
What software supports VR features? The answer is quite simple. Virtually any 3D application can work with VR with certain optimization and implementation of the VR function in the application itself or its graphics core.
Let’s see, where professional users can use the capabilities of VR with full return. Some of the most active users of VR capabilities are specialists in such industries as automotive, shipbuilding, aircraft industry, interior design and design, urban infrastructure, training and development of activities. In these areas, “full immersion in the process” is claimed and virtual reality allows to simulate real conditions, both on the road or in the air, and indoors. And thanks to the use of the capabilities of engines such as Unreal Engine 4, Unity 5, CRYENGINE and Autodesk Stingray, designers can create realistic 3D models of both the devices and their booths and the world around them. And the movement and interaction with them, can be carried out with the help of VR kits.