How Virtual and Augmented Reality are Making 3D Irrelevant

Remember when you were a kid and the ride Star Wars was your favorite because everything came at you in 3D? Or the feeling you got when you saw that the movie you were going into came with 3D glasses upon entering? I’m sure that nostalgia is something that has been triggered by the recent advances in virtual technology. Virtual and Augmented reality have begun to take over the world and are about to do even more.

The switchover

Virtual reality has actually been around since the ‘60s but has only been made popular to the public in the past decade or so. The first head mounted display (HMD) was developed around this time by engineers at Philco Corporation. This was entitled ‘Headsight’ and was designed to be used by helicopter pilots who needed to be able to see their surroundings whilst flying at night.

In 1968 Ivan Sutherland created the Ultimate Display: a head mounted display (HMD) attached to a computer which enabled the wearer to see a virtual world. But the sheer weight of this display meant that it had to be attached to a suspension device.

Since then 3D is only a small fraction of the whole display since it is a focal point of the head mount, but presumably not the working factor. It’s basically just an actor in the movie of what is virtual reality.

The death of 3D

Just this year, LG and Sony have announced that they are going to stop making 3D TV’s although they have been producing them for years.

The companies claim that the 3D just isn’t a priority to consumers because they would rather have the higher tech tvs that are now including VR and AR.

The newest versions of these tvs will include layering of 3D technology and whatever is currently grooving on your screen.

The Future

The real reason that these cool features are killing 3D aren’t necessarily that they are the new and improved technology. 3D technology is basically just a building block of the overall use of of the software. Soon Augmented Reality will be able to be applied to industries across the map. The world of medicine is already looking into AR to use in more remote surgeries. It has already been tested effective on many patients with PTSD.

Retail is also going to get a lot more colorful once AR get’s a hold of the online shopping world. Soon users will be able to ‘try on’ items and see how they would look on their body in reality before purchasing. This may also mean a decrease in clothing prices because users are quicker to buy online without trying on.

Educational sources will be vastly improved by AR because of it’s eye grabbing animation. Boring textbooks will soon be a thing of the past as AR takes the classroom into an interactive (video game) learning environment. This may also aid kids who have trouble focusing in class thus leading into more research into ADHD.

If you want to learn more about augmented reality, then check out the video below!