GET­TING STARTED WITH VR

iPhone Life Magazine - - 2018 Best Tech Guide -

Vir­tual Re­al­ity (VR) is a rel­a­tively new tech­nol­ogy that sur­rounds view­ers in 360 de­grees of com­pletely dig­i­tally gen­er­ated en­vi­ron­ments. You can move your head around in three-di­men­sional space and ex­pe­ri­ence a sim­u­lated world wher­ever you look: up, down, and side to side. Imag­ine be­ing vir­tu­ally trans­ported to a rooftop as you per­form park­our, or the Serengeti where you're sur­rounded by a herd of ele­phants! The po­ten­tial for VR is tremen­dous, and it's still in its in­fancy!

The fact that iOS apps, when paired with a VR head­set, al­low you to uti­lize VR is im­pres­sive in and of it­self. That be­ing said, the tech­nol­ogy has a way to go be­fore it truly mimics the real world. Cur­rently VR on iOS suf­fers from medi­ocre graph­ics, partly be­cause of the ul­tra-high res­o­lu­tion needed to pro­vide re­al­is­tic vi­su­als in this in­ti­mate medium. Some­times-sketchy graph­ics aside, VR and AR are the wave of the fu­ture, and there are plenty of ed­u­ca­tional and en­ter­tain­ing ways to make the most of this new tech­nol­ogy.

Whether you are new to VR or have been play­ing around in vir­tual realms for a while, we rec­om­mend try­ing free VR apps, in­clud­ing Veer VR, Within - VR, and VR Tube to ex­plore a va­ri­ety of orig­i­nal, mind-bend­ing VR con­tent.

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