Technologies

Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality are all under the same family of immersive technologies which have a remarkable effect to alter our perceptions. It is however important to note the differences between them as they often come up in the same conversations and are confused with one another.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality on the other hand, transposes us to a different world all together through the use of Head Mounted Displays (HMD’s) such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Putting a VR Headset would leave you blind to your sorroundings but will expand your senses to the experience within. You might therefore find yourself on top of Mars looking for water or in our case a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant operating a complex and dangerous machinery such as the isolator.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality takes our current reality and adds overlays of various types of information on it. In other words, it simply augments our existing reality. AR usually takes place on your smartphone or tablet. Furthermore, AR can be categorised into three categories:

  • Marker Based
  • Markerless
  • Location Based

Mixed Reality

Mixed Reality

Perhaps the most recent development in immersive or reality technologies, mixed reality can be considered as an advanced form of AR, where overlays of information are placed on existing reality but shown through your mixed reality glasses or headsets. The physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time.

Desktop Simulation

Desktop Simulation

These simulations can easily be installed and deployed on any PC based computer without the need of other visualisation technologies. These type of models offer limited interactivity but are conveniently accessed and are a cheaper alternative to other immersive technology based simulations.

360 View

360 Video

360 degree videos capture real life footage of every direction simultaneously in a spherical view using an omnidirectional camera such as the Samsung Gear 360. These videos can then be integrated with VR hardware such as the Google Cardboard or Google Daydeam. Unlike Virtual Reality based content however, the interactions and mobility is restricted.

Benefits of
Immersive Technologies

Immersive Technologies are Transforming Imagination into Reality

Visualisation

Enables better visualisation with the integration of virtual 3D models.

Immersion

Brings immersive experiences to the real world where the user feels as if they’re actually part of the simulated ‘universe’.

Engagement

The high level of interactivity and engagement in these technologies enables more immersive experiences. Users ‘learn by doing’ and actively participate in the simulated experience which makes it more enjoyable and memerable.

Accessibility

Makes real-world experiences more accessible which are otherwise limited due to geographical or resource challenges.

Hardware

The VR ecosystem is supported by a huge plethora of devices that differ in their capabilities and price. Learn about these different hardwares and find out which ones suit your requirement the best.

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  • HTC VIVE

    One of the top Virtual Reality Headsets in the world, the HTC Vive offers a premium immersive experience with 6 degrees of freedom which enables movements and interactions which mimic reality to significant extent. The HMD comes with 360 degree controllers, headset tracking, directional audio and HD haptic feedback.

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  • HP Mixed Reality

    The new windows mixed reality headset delivers cutting-edge visual quality and superb comfort. The device also offers a more convenient set-up as it has in-built trackers and thereby eliminating the need for external trackers to be set up in the environment. The device comes at a reasonable price comparing with the other VR Headsets whilst offering an extensive range of features. Simulanis are proud partners of HP for their state of the art VR Ready Computers and HMD’s.

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  • Mobile VR

    The easiest way of experiencing VR, Mobile VR brings you the immersive world of VR in an inexpensive way. Enjoy 360 degree videos, simple games, basic training simulations with your phone (must have gyroscope) and a headset (ranging anywhere from $5-$50). For better experience and interactivity, try out Samsung’s Oculus platform based Gear VR or Google’s Pixel supported Daydream headsets.

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  • Oculus Go

    The Oculus Go is a standalone and wireless VR device making it the most convenient VR Headset in the market. The spatial sound drives built in to the headset directly provide a dramatic and immersive sound experience. Furthermore, popular applications such as Netflix and Hulu, making it the ideal VR device for entertainment purposes. It includes one controller which translates your natural movements in to VR. The interactivity is however limited as compared to the HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift making certain advanced use cases difficult to leverage.

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  • Microsoft Hololens

    The Hololens is a pair of mixed reality smart-glasses developed and manufactured by Microsoft. The headset projects various forms of media such as 3D holograms which you can interact with certain motion gestures. It is a standalone device which has a self contained holgraphic computer in-built. Various apps such as Skype are also integrated within the hardware.

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