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What to expect of the 10th anniversary of iPhone

What to expect of the 10th anniversary of iPhone

As with the launch with every iPhone there has always been numerous rumors circling around suggesting what the next iPhone could bring. Because this year will mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone, the rumors have been extra saucy with what […]

10 AR apsp

10 AR apsp

Many people have still not realized the multitude of augmented reality (AR) apps that is out there waiting to be downloaded. To most the concept is still futuristic without realizing that they  have been using such apps for a long time. Snapchat and Pokémon Go […]

Our top VR game recommendations

Our top VR game recommendations

There are already hundreds of VR games out there and dozens that are highly recommended by their players. The top VR games is always different depending on who you ask. Even so, there are a few games that do stick out as being top-shelf games. The following are our top, cherry-picked VR games that we are sure will appeal to anyone who try them.

  1. I Expect You To Die (Oculus Rift, PlayStation® VR)

On the top of our list we have a puzzle game which has proved to be a prime example of how VR games should be made.

In this escape-room type game you play an elite secret agent who is trying to hinder the evil plot of a villain, in the process you find yourself in life threatening situations and it’s up to you now to make a grand escape. The challenging part is that you only have your problem solving skills, wit and the power of telekinesis on your hands to solve puzzles, clues and secrets that will get you to safety.

I Expect You To Die is well polished, very fun to play and has excellent use of VR and motion controls. It is highly recommended to use the Oculus Touch controllers or PlayStation Move motion controllers to experience the complete submersion the game offers.

  1. Raw Data (HTC Vive, Oculus Touch)

It is the year 2271 in Neo-Shinkuju and the seemingly benign Eden Corporation owns the world. You are part of the Sydik8 which is an elite hacker resistance movement who have figured out that Eden Corp’s intentions with their new line of robotic products are malevolent. As an elite operative your aim is to destroy Eden Corp. To do so you go on a mission to infiltrate Eden Tower to steal all the Raw Data you possible can. As the secrets are slowly unwrapping it becomes clear that there is much more than meets the eye.

Raw Data is an action packed virtual reality game with intense an intense gameplay, intuitive controls and amazing graphics that will definitely make you feel submerged into another reality. You can play this game a single-player but you can also go at it as a team of two.

  1. Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel (HTC Vive)

Go on an adventure. Grab a weapon in your hand and fight monsters as big as you are in face-to-face melee. The more you engage in battle the better and stronger you become which will give you the ability to fight more powerful and advanced enemies. Take a step back and enjoy the scenery from time to time. Discover treasure chests, weapon shops, undead foes, mystic writing, banished gods, lost artifacts, ancient tombs and a moonlit forest. Make your way deep in the Vanishing Reals and be ready to be taken on a wild ride.

Vanishing Realms is one room-scale VR game that everyone should get their hands on. With this game you don’t need to hit a button to attack, defend or duck – you physically move to perform those actions! One-to-one motion controls and movements makes you truly feel like you are actually in the game.

 

 

  1. Arizona Sunshine (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)

Arizona Sunshine is definitely not just another zombie game. VR shooters might be abundant but take it from us that Arizona Sunshine definitely comes out as one of the better ones.

After an outbreak of zombie you are left to wonder if there are any survivors any survivors in the post-apocalyptic Grand Canyon state. You suddenly hear someone’s voice over the radio and your hopes are confirmed! It is up to you know to survive the horde of brain eating zombies coming at you if you want to make contact with other humans. Scavenge the environment, loot your enemies and manage your ammo and consumables. You’ll have a big range of weapons like pistols, shotguns, machine pistols, Uzis, sniper rifles, and grenades at your disposal.. if you can manage to find them in abandoned cars and buildings.

This game uses real life weapon handling, you are free to explore your surroundings and offers unprecedented VR realism. Choose for the single player campaign or get a friend to play the co-op multiplayer with you.

  1. Alien Isolation (Oculus Rift)

If you want a game that will show you fear and have your heart beating at a fast pace than this is the game for you.

When she left Earth, Ellen Ripley promised her daughter Amanda Ripley she would return home for her 11th birthday. Amanda never saw her again. After the disappearance of the Nostromo spacecraft and her mother, Amanda is approached by Christopher Samuels of the Weyland-Yutani corporation. He invites her to go on a mission to retrieve flight recorder of the Nostroma which is onboard another spacecraft, the Sevastopol. Upon arrival she finds out about a “monster” lurking on the now damaged Sevastopol. Amanda is committed to find the flight recorder no matter the cost.

What makes this game so great is how it uses your every move to react and deliver a subversive and thrilling experience that makes you not simply want to finish the game but to also gives you the feeling of wanting tosurvive.

  1. Assetto Corsa (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, OSVR)

Our favorite VR racing game out there is Assetto Corsa. This is mostly because of its attention to detail, realistic physics, customization and moddability. The game certainly delivers a realistic driving experience.

With the exception of one track, all locations which you can race your car on has been modelled using laser-scanning technology. Pick between Monza, Silverstone, Imola, Mugello and many more tracks.

To make it all even better, cars have been reproduced with the best accuracy possible with the cooperation of official car manufacturers. You can pick between a multitude of officially licensed content from car manufacturers as McLaren, Scuderia Glickenhaus, Pagani, Porsche, Audi, BMW and many more. There are over eighty cars to choose from!

There are quite a few game modes you can choose from. There is a career mode, special events, quick races, drag races and much more. You play can the game as a single player or in (online) multiplayer modes.

Perhaps one of the most welcoming part of the game is the ability for 3rd party modifications and customization. So you will be able to download or make your own cars and tracks other players have created

How does augmented reality work?

How does augmented reality work?

In the last few years virtual reality has been making big leaps. A lot of people have been eager to experience it themselves. The feeling and quality of the immersion can be quite fascinating to some. Elon Musk once said if we as humans are […]


What's augmented?

How does augmented reality work?

How does augmented reality work?

In the last few years virtual reality has been making big leaps. A lot of people have been eager to experience it themselves. The feeling and quality of the immersion can be quite fascinating to some. Elon Musk once said if we as humans are already so far with virtual reality, what are the odds that we ourselves are not living in a virtual world? “There’s a one in billions chance we’re in base reality” Musk said. Like so, an obvious distinction between what is real and what is virtual has increasingly become opaque to many.

Virtual reality in the future will likely become indistinguishable from reality. While this might have a lot of applications, most people would rather benefit from this type of technology in a way that would make their day-to-day real life better instead of substituting it with a virtual one. Many have not realized this but for a long time already we have been living in a time that combines the real world with virtual reality: augmented reality. It might not be quite obvious to some, but at this current age our lives have been greatly improved by augmented reality.

What is augmented reality?

If you still don’t know how augmented reality has the ability to improve the lives of everyone here are a few examples that will make it clear.

  1. You are watching your favorite football game on TV. At one point a player shoots the ball and for a brief movement the ball enters the goal while a player from the opposite teams kicks it back out. The referee is not sure what happened and resorts to a replay from HD cameras to see if the ball was inside or not. The game on screen also has a small box displaying the time, and the scores for each team.
  2. You want to send a goofy picture to one of your friends or to the people who are following you on social media. Showing your tongue is not enough so you open Snapchat or any other similar applications and you take a selfie using one of the many ‘filters’ which transforms your face to scary looking one or to one with animal ears and noses.
  3. You are in a new city traveling. You are hungry and you have no idea where to go, you fire up Layar, Yelp, Google Maps or similar apps and you search for “vegetarian restaurants”. The apps give you recommendations and the location of relevant restaurants on a map.
  4. Down a couple of years, you are in one of your favorite museums. Next to each display there is a code you can scan with your phone. Upon scanning the code you are presented with text, picture, videos or other information concerning the artwork. Handy if you don’t want to wait in line for 3 people to read the usual text on didactic panels.

Displaying Augmented Reality

As mentioned before AR is a combination of reality and virtual reality, some might call it ‘mixed reality’. This means is that for us to see AR, it must be displayed in a way that mixes reality with virtual aspects.

From the examples just shown you could have an idea already how some augmented reality is displayed. From example 1 it is clear that it’s simply using your TV screen. No fancy equipment involved, the replays and game scores are displayed directly to your TV screen. From the other examples it is all via your mobile device. Again nothing really fancy involved with using your mobile device screen to display the AR. Most applications of AR have actually been through the use of cellphones and other mobile devices, consequently there are plenty of AR apps already available for consumers to download.

The future does look promising for different ways of implementing AR. Similar to the Heads-Up-Display (HUD) fighter pilots use, there are many startups who are trying to use similar, but downsized approach of displaying AR. There are many ‘smart glasses’ in development with a few showing a lot of potential. Furthermore, in the future we will probably see the implementation of AR technology in things like car windshield, telescopes and other things that people usually look through.

Augmented Reality Tracking

Sometimes the technology of AR uses your surroundings to know what and where to display whatever it has to display. There are many ways this could be done. To lead you in the right direction Google Maps uses your GPS location. This might work for navigation but not it usually doesn’t work for other AR implementations.

There are many applications which can recognize its surroundings using your device camera.  Applications like Snapchat uses special software that recognizes faces. The application Amikasa recognizes floors, walls, doors and windows and accurately measures their size so you can virtually put in furniture in your room to see how they would look like before buying them. These are examples of  markerless tracking. Markerless tracking is difficult to perfect but the one with the most potential for future applications.

In some cases the complexity of markerless tracking is not needed. Some apps are designed to recognize specific codes or markers. One benefit of using markers is that tracking is much smoother and/or faster. Some apps therefore are designed to recognize specific markers. You have probably seen many QR codes or other barcodes that looks similar. These barcodes tend to lead to websites, where then text, videos, pictures and other information is shown, just as shown in example 3 at the beginning of the article. To scan QR codes you will need to have a QR scanner installed on your phone.

Augmented reality applications ready for download

There are quite a few applications already waiting to be downloaded. A quick online search will show you the dozens of other AR applications that are available. For example, except from the ones already mentioned you have already probably heard about Pokémon Go and Google Translate. You could also check out the list of our 10 favorite AR applications for your mobile device here.