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Virtual Reality is the buzz industry at the centre point of Asia’s largest technology fair, Computex, being held in Taiwan’s capital Taipei this week. Taipei is hoping to become a virtual reality technology hub of not just Asia but the entire world. Even though VR is currently gravitating towards gamers, its pioneers forecast it will eventually be about much more than entertainment.
Raymond Pao (Vice President of VR Technology HTC) stated “We know that gaming will be the first wave of revenue and gamers the first wave of consumers, but our vision is larger than gaming”. HTC have released its first Virtual Reality headset calledVive. the Vice President mentioned that any industry that could use 3D may well end up utilising the technology.
HTC is among major tech companies such as Samsung and Facebook that have latched onto the platform of immersive experience which is forecast to become a very large market. With the HTC Vive headset strapped to their heads, users at Computex virtually flew over New York tossing grenades at enemies on a road of a ghost town.
HTC have immerged into the medical industry too. The company invested in 2015 in a US start-up company that usilises VR to help surgeons plan and practise complex brain surgery. Education and retail are also forecast to be the next frontier for virtual reality and its sister, augmented reality.
While VR devices place users in fantasy worlds, augmented reality adds another layer of holograms to the actual view. Zhu Bo (founder of InnoValley) stated “What we learn from textbooks or labs can be really dull, but VR and AR will greatly enhance learning abilities,”.
Not a fad
The global market size of virtual reality products has been estimated to reach US $5.1 billion this year and is projected to more than double to US $10.9 billion by 2017. According to Taipei-based intelligence provider TrendForce. Sony will soon be launching its VR headgear for Playstation later this year. Google is also coming up with a new VR platform called Daydream. The British firm called ARM ahs also made the announcement earlier this week that its new processors will enable mobile phones to use virtual and augmented reality features by 2017. Microsoft the US technology giant have stated that its software will be compatible with mixed reality devices.