Virtual and Augmented Reality

 Fraunhofer-IGD CAVE

Virtual Reality

Unlike traditional media, Virtual Reality (VR) relocates you into a computer-generated virtual environment. Inside this virtual world, you interact with your whole body using all your senses. A Virtual Reality is created by a VR system constructed of hardware and software. The illusion of being in a virtual environment is called immersion. If the immersion is stable over time, you feel to 'being there' which is called the sense of presence.

Virtual Reality allows for traveling into the world of molecules or galaxies, into the future or the past. Testing products not yet produced or performing experiments not possible in reality.

And this really works? It does. Scientifically proven. In the Presenccia Project, the Virtual Milgram experiment (another article can be found here) or in the Pit Room Experiment.

AR at Fraunhofer-IGD

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) combines VR with the physical world. By overlaying virtual images, our surroundings are 'augmented' with three-dimensional virtual objects.

AR can provide a doctor with X-ray vision into the patient, offers tourists a view into history, augment newspapers with videos, placard your surroundings with Wikipedia articles or virtual furniture.

Google Ingress

Google Ingress (Video)

Mobile Augmented Reality

With the advent of affordable and powerful mobile devices in the recent years, Augmented Reality found it's natural field of application: outdoors. Camera equipped smartphones and tablet computers, car navigation systems and portable gaming consoles superimpose the ubiquitous world wide web as  graphical layer over our everyday physical world. Roads and subway stations are augmented by direction signs, your local town becomes a playing field of a multiplayer online game or a graffiti art exhibition.

Vuforia AR Toolkit