If you – like me – ever look at a virtual reality headset and wonder what kind of technology hides behind the polished exterior of this pretty goofy, head-mounted device, you have come to the right place. Today, I’m talking with Frederik Juel, VR Interaction Designer at Cadpeople, and hope to get a little bit closer to understanding the what, the how and the why of VR technology.
So – how does virtual reality work?
Frederik: “Basically, a virtual reality headset places you in a world of virtual reality. The headset consists of a widescreen split into two, showing different images to each eye, creating a 3D-effect. In addition, the headset tracks how you move, so the virtual world reacts to your movement. This way, you get the feeling of actually being there.”
Why is VR so exciting?
Frederik: “It lets you experience things you otherwise wouldn’t be able to. It lets you experience the impossible. You can travel to places far away, or you can see familiar things from an entirely new angle – like projecting a human brain to fill the entire classroom of a medical school lesson.”
How do we use VR at Cadpeople?
Fredrik: “One project where we work with VR at the moment is showcasing apartments to potential buyers, so they can actually be there before deciding to build it. It gives people a chance to see and feel for themselves, before making a decision.”
What do you think the future holds for VR?
Frederik: “I really believe education is the future. You can magnify a single cell and examine it together without ever getting close to a microscope. Or you can use VR in history classes to walk around in the city as it looked a hundred or even a thousand years ago! VR can also be used for concerts and sports – it makes it possible for anyone to feel like they are there. A backstage VIP pass can be given to thousands, and with the right setup of cameras and microphones, anyone can experience what it’s like to be backstage at their favourite concert.”