How virtual reality lets us overcome boundaries

Learning new languages, improving long distance relationships, online dating, watching porn, gaming, education and tutorials – VR enables us a lot of new things!

We will start with the HoloLens from Microsoft, a translation of the spoken word could be added to a full-body hologram for the first time.

Our brain thinks we’re grabbing a physical object. A glove simulates the feeling as we walk in virtual worlds. Engineers from Korea have developed the VR glove, which takes the exact contours of a virtual object by the hand. This will be perfect for future educational VR tutorials.

Until now, there were only gloves that transferred the movement of our hands into the virtual world. Now we can also touch what is there.

The technology works through tiny air bubbles that pump up and down. This gives the fingertips the feeling of touching a resistance. So far, however, the glove only spans three fingers and can still feel a few details. The scientists are working on making the VR experience even more realistic in the future.

  1. Even if the real Hyperloop track still needs a little development, we can already enter it today.
  2. Scientists at Delft University of Technology have developed a VR simulator with which you can explore the station of the future and one of the wagons.
  3. With their train design they take part in Elon Musk’s competition, which collects possible designs of the capsules. The Delft model already achieved the fastest speed on the test track.
  4. The experience will be presented virtually for the official competition at the SpaceX headquarters in California at the end of July.

Microsoft translates simultaneously via hologram

Even if she does not speak Japanese herself, Azure representative Julia White will in future be able to have her lectures translated simultaneously – by herself. Microsoft has developed a hologram that uses her pre-recorded voice, facial expressions and gestures to deliver the entire speech in any desired language. Based on the HoloLens and in collaboration with a mixed reality studio, a translation of the spoken word could be added to the full body hologram for the first time. So far, this is not a mass-produced solution, as complex scans have to be performed beforehand. However, it shows the direction in which the company is developing its products.

Louvre puts Mona Lisa in VR

If art lovers want to admire the Mona Lisa in the Louvre in Paris, they have to crowd through masses of visitors. This will change in autumn: In the new VR exhibition “Mona Lisa: Behind the Glass”, visitors can get very close to the lady.

Equipped with a VR headset, they enter a virtual room in which they can look behind the glass pane in front of the painting and interact with it. This is intended to reveal details that remain hidden to the naked eye.

If you can’t make it to Paris, you can also look in at home with your own VR glasses. The experience will be available via the VIVEPORT platform and other VR services.