Virtual Reality is a computer-generated extraordinary artificial environment that enables you to expertise a different reality. In another word, “Fooling your senses into seeing something that’s not there, Making any unreal object real.” A Virtual Reality headset fits around your head, over your eyes and visually separates you from your physical space and surroundings. It may have some external wires connected, and two small and powerful lenses to fed images of outside on your eyes. It makes some false senses such as touch, hear and sight. Through Virtual Reality, you can virtually experience walking tour the Grand Canyon, tour the Louvre, expertise a moving picture like a movie as if you are part of it, and submerge yourself during a video game without departing your seat.
But when you are aware of your health it may have some issues. The user may experience stress or anxiety after wearing a full occlusion headset for more than fifteen minutes. It also hampers imagination and creativity and blurs the boundaries between ourselves and the outside world. Other adverse physical side effects that we can include eyestrain, nausea and motion sickness. Other options can give you feeling of virtual reality without a headset which has no health damage issues like VR Headset, and In this article, I will explain how to do this.
Google Cardboard- Virtual Reality without Headset
Nowadays it sounds like a joke that your typical smartphone, a couple of tiny and plastic lenses, and some strategically designed cardboard come together to form a Virtual Reality Headset but it works better. It is necessarily a piece of cardboard folded into a box that’s slightly shorter than a brick and larger than a smartphone. You can comfortably fit an iPhone or Android phone on it that is not larger than six inches diagonally. But it is essential that you must run Google’s Cardboard app, and voila on your Android phone.
You can see 360-degree videos of news reports, rollercoaster rides and more exciting videos with an Android phone on YouTube. Place a hashtag “360Video.” on the search box, and you will find your videos and don’t forget to tap the Cardboard icon on the lower right corner, insert the phone into the contraption and place your eyes and see through Cardboard’s lenses. If all are set up, then play the video and turn your head up, down and look at the sides around to see what’s behind you. The phone’s “accelerometer sensor” senses which side you head is, and the phone’s display shows you the right perspective, and you can feel 3D view through Cardboard’s lenses. iPhones are not capable of viewing YouTube 360, But you can download other Cardboard apps from the store and enjoy this. Google’s Street View also offers 360-degree views of Machu Picchu and other vital places you might have only dreamed of visiting. Some Android applications allow you play games like race cars or walk with dinosaurs.
Models certified by Google are available in market at little cost, and you can make your headset with cardboard, powered lenses, magnets and a rubber band; find your parts or buy kits on a regular online marketplace or nearest shop.
The Good Side
Google Cardboard is an inexpensive and extraordinarily simplistic way to turn any Android or iPhone into a Virtual Reality viewer, It allows anyone to get in on the fun without any hassle.
The Bad Side
The most Cardboard models eyepiece isn’t adjustable, which could create a double vision or another problem. Cardboard can also be problematic for those with glasses. Cardboard doesn’t come with a strap to stuck on your head, so you have to hold it in your hand as you watch and move around. But I will say that don’t expect this to measure up to full-fledged and pricier VR goggles like Oculus Rift, Sony Gear VR or HTC Vive.
The Bottom Line
Google Cardboard is not a competitor for the VR throne: But if you are aware of the health issue and low price it will be in the first place.
On typical smartphones
You can get a Virtual Reality like experience without bothering with Cardboard or headset with just smartphones. Some particular Android applications noted above also let you view 360-degree videos with your smartphone. For iPhone YouTube 360 is the only option. Instead of moving your head with Cardboard, merely move the phone left, right, up or down, and your phone’s sensor will adjust the video automatically. In some cases, you can view the video by sliding your finger on the touchscreen left to right and top to bottom. The Facebook application also supports viewing on the Gear VR, though Facebook doesn’t provide its video for Cardboard. You can see Facebook’s 360-degree video right on the screen through Facebook’s app or search on the Facebook using the hashtag “360Video.”
Virtual Reality is the ability to adjust your surroundings with virtual images. The main drawback in this experience is not as good as using Cardboard, or a regular Virtual Reality headset. You don’t get that advantage with smartphone viewing because of viewing angle and smaller screen size. It is very uncomfortable unless you are in a deep dark room.
On Traditional PCs
If you don’t have an Android or iPhone to view VR, this is the least satisfying approach to feel it. You primarily use your mouse cursor to shift the perspective left, right, up or down. Some windows players like “Potplayer,” “KMPlayer” supports 3D video. It also works with some Web browsers andGoogle’s Chrome is one of them. If your screen is large, then you even can use a 3D glass which has red/cyan color to differentiate front and back images of a red/cyan video which also experiences VR feeling.
High-End Virtual Reality Headsets
1. Oculus Rift
The Oculus Rift is far more immersive than strapping a phone to your face. The word Oculus means sense organ. It tracks your head in all directions, so you can lean in and get right up close to virtual objects. Apparently, It requires a powerful gaming PC to generate its graphics and send to Virtual Reality box, along with a leash leading up to your head. The official website of the manufacturer makes a list of minimum specifications for an Oculus Rift compatible Personal Computer. Dell, HP, Alienware, and Asus all computer parts manufacturer makes VR-ready machines.
Oculus Rift first appeared in early 2016, gradually made its way to retailers around the world. Oculus is increasing its hardware providing, and Oculus will launch a dedicated Oculus Touch controller in December, which will translate your hand gestures into the virtual environment, and it will cost a high amount.
10 Oculus Rift Apps and Games That You Can Try
- Minecraft VR,
- Elite: Dangerous,
- Keep Talking, and Nobody Explodes,
- EVE: Valkyrie,
- The Climb,
- Jaunt VR,
- Apollo 11 VR Experience,
2. Sony PlayStation VR
The Sony PlayStation VR is the most accessible, comparatively cheap and easy to use full VR option on the Virtual Reality market. Sony’s PlayStation VR headset is a big gun in the VR race, which appeared in October 2016 as an extra part of the PlayStation 4 gaming console. Sony has secure support from a protracted list of developers down the track. However, the next launch games are pretty solid as well.
The new PlayStation 4 Pro adds many new features with the compatibility for Playstation VR though old PlayStation 4 also compatible with the headsets, the pro supports higher screen resolutions and frame rated VR games.
It has a new feature called “VR Social Screen” that shows on your TV screen what you see in the headset so that your friends can also watch and enjoy with you. Its single-camera tracking system is reasonably low, and you may have a little bit of trouble when you turn around. The PlayStation VR’s graphical fidelity is hardly noticeably smaller than what’s possible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Ten Sony PlayStation VR Apps and Games That You Can Try
- Rez Infinite
- Tumble VR
- EVE Valkyrie
- Batman Arkham VR
- Job Simulator
- PlayStation VR Worlds
- Driveclub VR
3. Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR is a phone-based VR accessory which has a tremendous audio-visual quality. It is affordable and straightforward to attach to a phone. The newly released model is more comfortable than earlier versions of Samsung VR. You can also charge the phone with the USB-C or micro-USB pin while using it.
Samsung Gear VR is into that category of VR headset that uses your smartphone as both the display and processor. It does not need any high-end PC to operate.
A growing catalog of apps and games and content are available through Samsung’s Oculus Home software. The Samsung Gear VR is an inexpensive way to explore virtual reality for Samsung smartphone users through The processor of the device runs its software and maintains its graphical capabilities. Oculus VR gives Applied technology of Samsung’s headset, although it is not as powerful as the Oculus Rift. It only works better with Samsung’s S6 and S7 smartphone series, other new released series also supports.
10 Samsung Gear VR Apps and Games That You Can Try
- Land’s End,
- Minecraft: Gear VR,
- Smash Hit,
- Jaunt VR,
- Keep Talking, and Nobody Explodes.
- The Economist VR.
4. HTC Vive
The HTC Vive provides a superb Virtual Reality expertise with an apparent visual, excellent motion controls with its all gestures, and the location sensing to walk around in virtual reality area or room. HTC Vive hardware can help to figure out where your walls are and where you and any other objects exact placement, and you can even feel touch detect. The Vive has some unique options; it has a front-facing camera which can bring the real world into your virtual surroundings. You furthermore might get two hand-worn gestural controllers within the box, which extends the hand moving feature.The Vive also provides a device that tracks your movements in a specific place, so within reasonably tight limits you can only walk or run around inside your VR space.
Taiwanese technology firm HTC and the games company Valve made a great partnership to launch HTC Vive. Vaive included a dedicated Virtual Reality feature to its existing digital games store, while HTC has just introduced its Viveport website for non-gaming applications. Like the Oculus Rift, it requires a high-end Personal Computer to run its software, and HTC provides the buyers get the right kit by maintaining a list of HTC Vive supported computers.
After all, HTC Vive is the best of best virtual-reality expertise you can see right now, its motion controls and room-scale tracking is impressive.
- HTC Vive apps and games that you can try;
- Fantastic Contraption,
- Elite: Dangerous,
- Cosmic Trip,
- Apollo 11 VR,
- Tilt Brush,
- Job Simulator,
- The Brookhaven Experiment,
- Jaunt VR.
As a Recent Technology, Virtual Reality already has decades of experimentation behind it, even if it is still nowadays for this latest generation of mobile devices. Virtual Reality is not just a view master for your video games and virtual videos. It’s an entirely new medium whose real purpose is to reveal something new, and It means that you can expect a unique advanced technology to improve rapidly. To be modern, we should accept modern technology like Virtual Reality. But when a health harmless issue comes front you must think about it. So I will recommend you not to use a VR device for an extended period, take a break of five to ten minute in every one hour. Because recent studies of lab research for Neurophysics have emerged adverse side effects including “cybersickness” and abnormal patterns of activity in rat brains, which also says that 60 percent of neurons of the brain just shut down in long-term Virtual Reality environments. And don’t make an addiction to the virtual world. This habit can cause various health issues for you. Virtual Reality device makers also take this lab research as a serious issue.