It’s no more news, virtual reality is here to stay and it has carved quite a huge place for itself in the future. Lots of technology enthusiasts know this and more importantly the guys at silicon valley have an idea of just how to follow along. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, HTC, Sony are just but a few big names that are taking the virtual reality gamble. Producing VR (virtual reality) headsets and related gadgets might not exatcly be a money spinner for now, but it is definitely going to become the “oil boom” for tech firms in the not so far future. On a serious note, just about every tech firm out there with a little extra funds, inspiration and ‘promises’ of a patenting a cash cow gadget wants to take a spin at Virtual reality.
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Its true that most VR gadgets out there are mostly conceptual, offering a peek into the possibilities of what virtual interaction can do and what it will be able to do, but the excitement is nonetheless not concealable. This gadgets are constantly getting more creative and of course more fun. This time It’s not Facebook’s Occulus rift, Google’s Glass, or Microsoft’s HoloLens, that is keeping spectators at an awed state, but rather it’s the little known Toronto-based startup, Sulon Technology’s Sulon Cortex VR headset that is getting lots of peeps talking.
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The headset explores both the world of virtual and augmented realty, blending both concept to give an unparalleled user experience. It detect the physical constructs of your surroundings while transporting you into a virtual one. The notable key difference between the sulon cortex and other VR headsets like the Occulus rift is its ability to augment virtual reality into real space; it places object that are not physically there in such a way that the are contextually aware of the physically available size and adjust same to fit in “virtually”. This is done using a “spatial scanner” to quickly map the environment around you — in 360 degrees and in real-time, with built-in sensors that constantly assess the physical dimensions of the space you’re inhabiting.
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For example, if you’re in a room, and there are virtual aliens trying to zap you or trying to get to you, as you close a real-life door behind you, they will be outside the door trying to get through.
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“It’s hard to quantify it in terms of a screen size, but it’s not about field of view, it’s about how immersed you feel,” Dhan Balachand, Sulon’s CEO and founder, told Digital Trends. “There’s a need — not a demand — for the display industry to move faster and to keep doubling and quadrupling resolutions, but it’s less about the resolution itself, and more about how crisp the image is and how it engulfs your senses.”
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The sulon cortex virtual reality headset is something of an entirely different class, it definitely bears secrets features other VR headsets can only fantasize about. The company is working on ways to simulate touch, getting users of the cortex to actually feel being touch( perhaps feel being touched whenever the are actually being touched in the virtual world), how they intend to do this is out of my pay grade as the company referred to the idea behind it as “top secret”. Just like any device in its prototype stages, the sulon cortex have some minor flaws; one of which is it bulky size. However , the company said the headset will be smaller when it is finally available for develoers and subsequently end users. Gaming with the sulon cortex can truly be immersive and interactive, movies as well, so game develoers will be have to be “damn good” to match the requirements of the sulon and of course maintain an unparalleled gaming experience. The games for the cortex will have to pay attention to latency and improved graphics while also being immersive.