VR Terminology 101: Learn The Basics

Have you been itching to jump into the world of virtual reality? Almost have enough saved up for that VR headset sitting in your Amazon cart for an extended length of time? There are many terms associated with virtual reality concepts that need explaining before you can truly understand what it is and how it works. Even if you’re not a VR newbie, maybe you keep hearing others mention a certain term and you’ve been wondering what it means. Let’s brush up on some of the basic terminologies. Basic Virtual Reality Terms Degrees of Freedom (DoF) Degrees of freedom is a term used to explain the lengths that headsets go to map your physical movement and track it in the VR world as your simulated representation. You might also see this referred to as DoF (degrees of freedom). The most common degrees of freedom are: ● 3DoF (meaning three degrees of freedom) – this degree of freedom tracks your head’s movements by pitch, roll, and yaw, but will not track […] Continue reading

What Is VR In Simple Terms?

VR is short for Virtual Reality. In other words, people are submerged into an environment that is completely fabricated. These environments are typically explored using headsets whose hardware track the wearer’s movements and the images seen within are adjusted accordingly. Headsets have display panels for each eye, or, a single screen. Lenses blocking out the views outside the headset make the wearer feel like the scenes inside the headset are their actual world. Often times, the wearer will have a controller in one or both hands that they can use to control things within the virtual environment. In some cases, images of the hand or hands are shown in the environment to make the experience seem even more real. Headsets come with different measures of Field of View (FOV). The field of view is everything you can see at any given moment. In the VR world, this relates not only to everything you can see but is also discussed when it comes to the size of the screen in different […] Continue reading