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VR Headsets & Their Electronics: Here’s What You Need to Know

March 15, 2018

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Virtual reality, or VR for short, has exploded over the past year. It’s “virtually” impossible to ignore this craze – and why would you want to?

Defining Virtual Reality 

In virtual reality, the user suspends belief as they immerse in a 3D environment generated by computers that are seemingly real. Typically, layers of virtual information evoke two senses in the user: sight and sound. As per Forbes, “The most advanced VR experiences even provide freedom of movement – users can move in a digital environment and hear sounds. Moreover, special hand controllers can be used to enhance VR experiences.

You need to wear a special VR headset to experience virtual reality.” While the majority of virtual reality headsets hook up to a computer, some are standalone devices. Many of them work with smartphones; connect the two, put on a VR headset, and interact with an artificial world that simulates reality.

On a related note, have you ever noticed a small cardboard icon when watching YouTube videos? It enables the 360-degree mode, meaning you can wear a VR headset and experience fully immersive videos. These 360-degree videos are considered a form of VR.

What’s New in Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality updates were recently unveiled at CES 2018. An upgraded version of the Vive Pro handset, for example, was shown. The improvements include evening out its balance and adding more detail.

Attendees also got to try the Contact CI Haptic Glove that offers the ability to touch objects in real time for an even more realistic experience in a virtual world. Eye-tracking technology was another feature at CES. This is a new way of interacting with virtual surroundings; for example, an object could be selected by simply pointing one’s eyeballs at it.

How Virtual Reality is Transforming Industries

With college basketball tournaments on the horizon, now is a great time to for sports and athletics brands to craft virtual reality content to expand fan experiences. Sports enthusiasts can feel they are in a stadium or other viewing venue without having to pay big bucks to fly across the country to watch their favorite athletes and teams in action. There are even VR broadcasts that enable an individual to enjoy the fun of seemingly becoming the eyes of the player.

Beyond its entertainment aspect, VR is also transforming the sports industry by changing how some coaches train athletes. They can train better by viewing and experiencing plays using VR headsets. VR is bettering healthcare too by improving the quality of life for people with constant pain, lazy eye, and autism. Other industries positively impacted by virtual reality include auto, architecture, construction, tourism, and aerospace.

Keystone’s Focus on Quality

Virtual reality headsets require quality, reliable components to provide as realistic an experience as possible, upon demand. Keystone designs and manufactures  battery clips, contacts and holdersLED Spacers & Lens Caps and  Tactile Key-Pad dome switches  as well as for other electronic hardware and interconnects components that are used to drive VR products and other electronic devices.. Our reputation as a global leader speaks for itself, with over 10,000 parts in our catalog.

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