Android is ready to make the leap to virtual reality?
February 19, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
The functions that our tablets and smartphones can do for us, increase practically with each new model or with other elements such as operating system updates. Currently, manufacturers are looking to create as complete devices as possible that are fully incorporated into the day-to-day life of users and that offer much more than the tasks for which they were conceived in their day and that in their origins, were quite limited. However, the inclusion of these platforms in the lives of millions of people around the world is not limited only to that field since areas such as education, medical or financial, are being great test experiments that help to see which It may be the future of these supports.
On other occasions we have talked about the fact that the virtual reality It is one of the trends that most development will suffer throughout this 2016 and that will mark a new generation in the consumer electronics sector. A large number of firms already sell media such as augmented reality glasses or devices with panels equipped with this technology that for a moment, make us think that the future is already here, but what can we find in Android To be able to enjoy this new step in the way of seeing everything around us? Here we tell you what is already developed and another series of elements that can be very useful to enjoy this progress in our tablets and smartphones.
Google seems to have learned from the bad experience he had with Google Glass and to overcome the slump that the Mountain View had with this tool, they have launched Cardboard, an instrument that for many can be at least, curious and that it is about glasses made with paperboard and some lenses to which our device connects. Among the strengths of Cardboard highlights its price, of about 13 euros on Amazon, as well as the catalog of applications developed for this media. Its operation is simple. The image is divided into two parts and between the distance between them and our eyes, a combination of both that forms a third is shown. However, not all devices are compatible with this technology because according to its developers, augmented reality can be seen more on devices larger than 5.5 inches. On the other hand, how much more resolution of screen and pixel density, higher quality.
First, we highlight this application, available both for terminals that have Cardboard and for users who do not have these glasses. Its operation is simple: It offers a lot of 3D stories and productions which also include 360º panoramas that has become popular until it reaches one million downloads. Another of its strengths is its compatibility with other augmented reality software not developed by Google.
2. VR Cave
This tool is located between a virtual reality application and a game since it is based on explore a cave very extensive in which we must overcome the obstacles that appear. It does not hide a very complex mechanics and, despite having only half a million users, has received positive reviews for offering great visual effects and for being free.
3. Discovery VR
Developed by the famous documentary channel, its greatest strength is its compatibility, since it works for terminals with augmented reality technology of Google as well as that of Samsung. On the other hand, it does not require glasses or third-party devices to enjoy the contents. It contains videos encompassed in several categories ranging from aquatic life observation to astronomy documentaries.
What are the inconveniences?
Although this year, we assist in the development of virtual reality, this technology is still in a early stage because it has been away from commercial uses for several years, which has made it not attractive to large firms and therefore, research in this area has been neglected. Therefore, the existing platforms as well as the applications and tools developed for this support, even they lack updates and important improvements that allow users to offer a good experience.
After knowing another technology ready to enter with force and involve more tablets and smartphones in the lives of millions of people, do you believe that virtual reality should be perfected and become more affordable before being presented by large companies and have an implementation massive, or do you think that it is ready to reach everyone, and that in the coming years we will see an even greater evolution that will finish consolidating it? You have available more related information about other similar research such as Project Tango on Android, also developed by Google, so that you can know for yourself what the roadmap that can follow augmented reality can be and what we can see from now on.