So to speak about how the virtual world realizes a physical reality, or how the virtual world can be transformed to a physical reality, I would like to put some examples which have been idealized and realized in the real world:
- A 3D printer prints the digital blueprint, which is characteristically called as CAD and is sketched by a 3D modelling software, to a physical object.
- A 3D modelling software, which are relevant to 3D printing, realizes a physical reality.
- A digital sandbox, which also can be referred to as a virtual sandbox, realizes a physical matter.
- A text-based HTML code generates a graphic layout and CGI (Computer Graphic Interface).
- A text-based programming language code generates CGI.
- Virtual Reality, which is a recently developed technology and is abbreviated as VR, imitates the physical world.
- Augmented Reality, which is abbreviated as AR, grafts a digital matter onto a physical reality.
From among those terms, I would like to choose ‘Augmented Reality’ in order to flexibly reflect a realistic aspect. In terms of real cases, the Norwegian and Swedish armed forces utilize Oculus Rift, which is a virtual reality head-mounted display (HMD) and is developed by Oculus VR. And that HMD equipment is fully utilized for protecting a tank driver and for securing the wide observation angle. Furthermore, Oculus Rift also can be applicable to maximise user experience in playing video games. Grand Theft Auto 5 is the one of video games which can be played by wearing Oculus Rift. So it can be defined that Oculus Rift maximises a virtual experience onto the physical world.
According to the advancement of information technology, the world has been totally changed. The distinction between the digital and physical world will become more blurred. Especially, the boundary between experience and matters in the virtual and real world is blurred by ‘Augmented Reality’.
- Norwegian APC Driver & Oculus Rift uploaded on Imgur – http://imgur.com/gallery/97UXNsW
- GTA 5 & Oculus Rift uploaded on Imgur – http://imgur.com/gallery/V0x09UK
- Click to see more pictures uploaded on my Imgur (KwonYoo91)
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