Facts About Virtual Reality Technology
Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment. It is a computer technology that replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user’s physical presence and environment to allow for user interaction.
In 1938, Antonin Artaud described the illusory nature of characters and objects in the theatre as “la realite virtuelle” in a collection of essays. The English translation of this book, published in 1958 as The Theater and its Double, is the earliest published use of the term virtual reality.
How VR Works
A simple example of Counter Strike game can give a thought as to how virtual reality works. The software program for the game is the major element which runs with the help of the computer system and the interfaced input output devices. Every Character and environment within the game behaves closely to reality as per the code written for them. The code facilitates characters and environment to interact with the other characters controlled by the input devices. The code is interpreted by the processor which handles the input output devices accordingly.
Companies such as Paramount Pictures, and Disney have applied VR into marketing campaigns creating interactive forms of media.
One of the first recorded uses of virtual reality in architecture was in the late 80s when the University of North Carolina modelled its Sitter-man Hall, home of its computer science department, in a virtual environment. VR software products like these can provide a number of benefits to architects and their clients. During the design process, architects themselves can use VR in order to actually experience the designs they are working on before they are built.