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Saturday 24 June 2017
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VR & Cloud Tech: Friends Forever

Virtual Reality; a technology that was first prototyped in the 1960s has transformed the tech industry entirely in the present era. VR can simulate both; imagined or real physical events such as a walk in the park, a space flight to Mars or maybe a real-time lightsabre duel as in Star Wars. Modern technology surrounding VR is based on Artificial Intelligence and able to produce scenes, rendering them for a true experience of sight and sound.

VR & Cloud Tech

For all those new to the concept, it’s just an artificial environment created through software and developed in such a way that a person introduced to it is forced to think of it as the real world. Once a fictional concept, then introduced in higher education as a subject is now a primary means to drive the education, entertainment, medical and science industry. Two primary senses are required to experience VR at its best; sight and sound.

Common example can be of a 3D or 4D image we see almost every day on our computers. Programmers utilise the Virtual Reality Modelling Language when creating the simulated world and objects however, let’s get back to the real topic that is “how VR can be improved via cloud tech and what’s the connection”

The need for cloud
We all heard about Oculus Rift as it created quite ahype. It’s a simple headset that would take you into a whole new dimension, giving almost a real experience. The subject is able to explore the entire world simply through head movement. Oculus VR has been taken over by Facebook for two billion dollars which is a big amount even for the social media giant. The devices are now shipped courtesy of Facebook.

It’s a new technology indeed and everyone wants a piece but only if someone’s willing to spend $600; shocking isn’t it! And here’s another jolt that’ll make you pull your hair; to use the device, you need upgrading the system or buy a new one which cost more or less $1000 so generally; the total expense is $1600.

The Gear VR by Samsung has been launched along with the Galaxy S7 which eventually became an eye-candy. The best part is, this device isn’t as expensive as Oculus Rift and costs only $99 but it only works with Samsung Galaxy devices and gears.

While buying these devices, you’ll have to pay for them and for hardware, software upgrades as well to ensure they run smoothly and compatible with the system. But, is it possible to install and run these software on the cloud? Not only the fee would be nominal but greater storage might save you from all the expensive upgrades.

Cloud & VR: The connection
With cloud storage, users are able to install and run the complex software with an advance system and connect their VR devices. This way, the cost would reduce by nearly 10 percent. Software and game development companies are already following the practice and the finest examples can be of Sony PlayStation that’s now NVIDIA GRID.

Individual gaming websites have also adopted the technology so that users no longer need to upgrade their hardware and software every time for compatibility. The same idea copes perfectly with virtual reality as both cloud computing and VR are game changers for collaborative workspaces, corporate campuses and learning simulations. Many organisations around the globe are already taking advantages of it!

The introduction of Oculus Rift let many cloud-based gaming firms to develop their own device version. Valkyrie; takes the lead being the best virtual reality game run with cloud tech.

Industries that benefit most
Healthcare:
Patients suffering from various phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder have been treated through VR. The patient is introduced to a series of gradually stimulating emotional encounters that eventually reduce anxiety. Surgeons also explored the possibilities of performing sophisticated medical surgery and procedures from the CT scan.

Vehicle Simulator: Well this isn’t entirely new but flight and motor simulators are classic when putting VR to use. Pilots are introduced to realistic controls while responding to different flying conditions. In the same way, operating huge construction vehicles have become quite easy as VR technology provide real-time training to drivers for ultimate safety and confident road skills.