Massachusetts Institute of Technology Researchers are looking at ways to enhance virtual reality. Their latest invention will enable users to let characters push, pull and even poke objects in videos, such as bushes, branches, grass, walls, or even moving objects like people, trains or cars.
By employing computer algorithms and a camera, players could soon be able to touch objects. The team of experts devised a new video system that allows controlling a character’s hand and foot. They also cataloged the shapes and frequencies so the objects actions and subsequent moves can be precisely predicted.
The simulation is not fully functional, but it leads to endless possibilities in the engineering and gaming industry. There are hopes that in the future, the Interactive Dynamic Video System will be used by architects to check a building’s stability. Movie makers will soon use this type of technology to simulate a monster invasion throughout the city.
Pokemon go is also based on a type of augmented reality technology. In future versions, characters will be able not only appear in a real environment, but also interact with elements of that environment. Lead author, Abe Davis, envisions a future where Pikachu would bounce on a tree branch or escalading a tall building.
The added bonus of this technology is that it’s not too expensive. According to experts, it actually drives down the cost of Virtual Reality. If these technologies are combined, players get improved game experience, by engaging in a new world of interactions.
The new technology can assess different structures for levels of frequency and predict whether a building could collapse before the earthquake actually takes place.
For now, the technique is still experimental. But all you really need to put it into practice is a camera and a computer. It shows real promise for the outlook of virtual reality and related fields.
The new technology, based on virtual reality, is called “Interactive Dynamic Video”, in short IDV.
It could prove to be a lifesaver for other industries, not just gaming. For instance, it could help evaluate buildings, construction sites, bridges, and make movies more life-like.
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