Wearables Give a Glimpse into a Virtual Reality Future

July 08, 2015
By Anonymous

From Star Trek to Tron, virtual reality had long been a universal fantasy that only existed in science fiction movies. As early as the 1960’s, engineers have attempted to capitalize on this vision but due to the lack in necessary electronic components, they were not able to succeed. With the exponential growth in the wearables market, manufacturers of electronic components are designing smaller, more powerful products such as accurate sensors and high-resolution digital displays that are kick-starting the future of virtual reality. 

Advanced Sensors and LEDs Pave the Way for Virtual Reality

Consumer-targeted virtual reality devices found an early home in gaming and entertainment, where demands for immersive multimedia are extremely high. When trying to design the first VR technology products, engineers were bumping into issues with syncing user movement with program response. This diminished the overall user experience and caused dizziness from lagging visuals.  

Today's advancements in electronic components lead to a more fluid experience without the old pitfalls of the VR past. Next-generation sensors provide faster and more accurate response to human movements.  High-quality light emitting diode (LED) components immerse users into computer-simulated environments using high-resolution displays. 

Since wearables today are created around the “Internet of Things” concept and built to work along with existing devices, the cost of virtual reality simulation devices has become reachable for the mass consumer market.  Business Insider is predicting a highly profitable market for VR headset and wearable devices to reach $2.8 billion with a 99% compound annual growth rate by 2020.

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Augmented Reality Expands Market Reach with Wearable Technology

As computer-simulated environments via wearable technology advance to sync up with real-life data input, VR technology is now starting to extend its market reach beyond entertainment. By coordinating with live video and information feeds, doors have begun to open for crucial data delivery in military and industrial markets, mainly in the form of augmented reality (AR) devices. 

The concept of augmented reality differs from that of virtual reality. Augmented reality integrates virtual data within the contents of the real world. AR technology offers actionable data that is displayed in relevant situations; for example, the identity of approaching individuals on the battlefield or the name of roads and rivers for pilots during landing. 

AR wearables must be designed to allow users to interact with harsh situations such as high aerial altitudes, days of travel through undeveloped land, or environments with extreme temperatures to allow them to withstand the environments they will function in. 

It is critical that these AR devices are designed as wearables to ensure that data delivered from these devices aid, but not distract from, the real environment and situation. 

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