A new year means new developments in augmented and virtual reality! Our first rundown of 2018 is here.
Wireless VR is getting closer
Earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, HTC and Intel announced a wireless adapter for the HTC Vive HMD. But it may still be some time before wireless VR enters the mainstream. The adapter announced at CES uses Intel’s WiGig technology, which, while boasting a theoretical bandwidth of 7 Gb/s, has a limited range of about 10 meters – not quite enough to cover most private households completely. It is not ideal, but it is certainly an exciting step in the direction of completely unrestrained virtual reality experiences.
Use of VR and AR in the medical industry shows promise
The medical industry is one of the most exciting frontiers when it comes to using VR and AR to assist with work or training, and ultimately, saving lives. A new project at the University of Alberta, allows doctors to see the insides of patients without cutting them open. This is the stuff of science fiction. Using AR motion tracking, the software can project scan images onto the patient’s body, providing doctors with a valuable tool to intuitively visualise valuable information in a bodily context. Watch a short demo of the software here:
The U.S. ski team prepares for the Winter Olympics in VR
The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are approaching fast. Without access to the actual ski courses, the U.S. ski team has utilised unconventional training methods – as shown in the image to the left. Troy Taylor, high-performance director at U.S. Ski & Snowboard said; “Obviously there is nothing that can replace the real-world experience, but VR is proving its worth in terms of allowing an athlete to see the course they will race on before they actually compete.”
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