This video goes into virtual reality applications, and provides a demonstration of how it's used in the industry.
- Alright, so what we have here is the HTC VIVE. Again, this is really my favorite current desktop product because it has outside in tracking that will track me as I walk around. Here at JBKnowledge headquarters in our JBK labs area we've got a 10-by-10 foot space that we set up so we could easily walk around and have as big of a real space VR. I mean, you can't really call this room space VR, that's humanly impossible. And you'll see I've got my two sensors. So, these allow the system to track where my hands are, and they give me a bunch of controls, like a trigger, and a button, and a slider, and then I've got my actual headset itself.
Now, this is actually pretty comfortable. It's one of the more comfortable ones, and I find myself not getting motion sick, not really having those kind of issues when I use the VIVE. It's one of the reasons why I like this VIVE. It's also adjustable enough to fit a head that big 'cause it's a huge noggin. Alright, so let's actually jump in here. I'm now seeing a wire frame box around me. You can't see it on the screen but what you can see is I'm picking up my controllers. Now, as soon as I have my controllers I can see them in front of me with some additional tools strapped on, so I'm actually going to choose the fire in the color blue, and then I can just pull the trigger to start drawing.
Now, this is a fantastic application called Tilt Brush from Google that you can download right now, and you can test out, and you can draw. But the difference is when you're done drawing you can actually walk right through your drawing, and it is a full three-dimensional object. And so, you can create curved arches and ceilings, and this is really, there's some amazing content people are building with this particular application with Tilt Brush. I can pick a duct tape. I can draw with duct tape.
I can change colors, and there's just some amazing level of creativity but this should show you, and you can even see there's shadows on the ground where I drew things. I can change the landscape around me as well. I can go to Environment and I can change it to night sky, and I'm seeing the night sky. I can also go into Environmental Controls, and I can add a pedestal right in the middle of the room, and then I can actually draw and carve objects right on top of this pedestal, then you can see how amazing that is, and being able to draw, and I've spent an hour in this thing without even noticing it.
So, really incredible levels of control available. And you can also really get up close and check out your object. You almost don't want to go too close 'cause you might hit your face on the pedestal, and you forget that it's not real. Again, presence is the objective of virtual reality. We're trying to bridge the visualization gap. We don't want people to, well, we do want them to suspend disbelief, right? We don't want them to remember that they're in virtual reality. So, this is the HTC VIVE. A really amazing system.
Now, we've got a video that's going to come up that you can actually watch, a particular application that we built called the Smart Reality for VR that allows users to have a similar type of interaction when you walk into a virtual space, and then you can actually manipulate your environment, your building, identify objects, move objects, and drop pins, do some really incredible stuff. Now, if you want to get this, remember make sure you get a compatible workstation for the HTC VIVE. You can order it online, have it shipped to your house, and make sure you have plenty of space, so you can really enjoy room scale virtual reality, so that's all for this.
Now, look, let's look at the Oculus. You're going to find the Oculus Rift available in Best Buy. It's usually sitting right near the entrance. The difference with the Rift, now they just rolled out a new sensor array that allows you to theoretically do room scale VR, but this is the Oculus Rift. It's all-in-one, so again sound and sight are going to be covered up by this. You're going to see we actually set up a virtual reality driving experience, so we got a Logitech driving set and shifter and pedal set.
We connected it to our computer, we have, this is the motion sensor right here that Oculus uses to detect where your head is. Now, this is not a room scale set up, so I need to stay right near the desk. And I can actually put this on and then use it to do similar VR applications like driving a car. We actually run a race car experience that is really, really awesome to play inside of VR. I'm not going to do that now. I'll let you go buy a Rift from Best buy, install it and then get this Logitech wheel set. And you can see the future for virtual reality's really bright, in particular when you can create your own content, and that's where I'm going to close out this video.
These two devices are really content creation devices. In this hand is Google Project Tango. This is the future of room scanning. This is a 3D scanning tablet that allows you to actually create as-builds of existing rooms. We needed to walk into a room, and 3D scan it with this sensor array that's right on the back of the Project Tango tablet. Now, I should point out, Lenovo just rolled out a phone that has Project Tango hardware called the Lenovo Phab2 Pro. So, you can buy that right now, and use a phone that has the same hardware, capture your room in 3D, and then bring it into VR and let other people walk around a room.
Imagine job site walks and job sit visits being able to be done through virtual reality, right? That's the whole point. We can change the very nature of how we conduct projects. The other device I want to point out is the Ricoh Theta S. This really diminutive camera, right? Kind of a tiny guy allows you to capture 360 photos and videos. So, I can do single shot, I can actually change it to camera mode, hold it above my head, and you hear that sound, it just captured a full 360 photo that we can then load into virtual reality, and then look around inside VR as if we're in the room.
So, you're going from 30 photos to one photo to document a job site. You can also switch to video mode, and you're going to start taking video, and as you walk around, it takes 360 video, which you can then transfer off your Theta S, load into this VR system, and anyone can recreate the walk through, except guess what? They can look around inside your video, and focus on something that you weren't focusing on. Really incredible options for content creation, for 3D scanning, and of course, for visualization using virtual reality.
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