If you told people 20 years ago about how advanced the state of virtual reality technology would be by 2017, most of them would probably laugh at you. But with governments and companies investing into enhancing VR, what it is now may be different from how it looks in a few years.
So what will the status of reality be in the near future? These four particular features and technologies may show us a sneak peek:
As far as its visual capacity, VR’s eye tracking cannot compete with the human body. While progress is slow due to different technological and programmatic challenges, several techniques are starting to be employed to improve focus. One example is foveated rendering, which enables users of virtual reality technology to focus on a particular small portion of an image.
Improved Field Of View
Currently, the visual capacity of virtual reality is at 15 pixels per degree on a fixed 2m depth and 90-degree field of view. While this is already impressive, this is far from the human visual capacity of 120 pixel per degree and 230 degrees field of view. Progress in the field of view may be slow but there will certainly be improvements in the coming years.
Escape rooms are a recent development. In the escape game, players make use of virtual reality headsets to solve puzzles and go on adventures as a team. It has a brought an inventive twist to classic adventure games that the public is starting to eat up.
Head Related Transfer Function
Head Related Transfer Function is how a certain sound is perceived by the human senses with respect to several factors that affect its environment. To make virtual reality more convincing HRTF is now starting to be integrated into VR, stepping up competition for many VR tech firms.
While there is no way of knowing the improvements that will come to virtual reality in the coming years, the four above, at least, paints a pretty good picture of the future of VR.