Today’s largest and most prominent companies in the world are embracing AR and VR technologies. Each one develops their own VR product and experiences. (e.g. Facebook + Oculus, Microsoft’s Hololens series, Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, Amazon’s Sumerian, Apple’s headset etc.) There are more augmented and virtual reality breakthroughs coming our way, and all of them may happen between 2019 and 2024. In this blog, we’ll show you the five biggest things that are gonna happen in the AR & VR scene in the next five years.
Say hello to standalone headsets
The first powerful VR headsets we know have wires and rely on PC connections. Think of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Vive PRO, Razer HDK2, and more. Despite the powerful depth of field and tracking technology, it’s wired bulky hardware restrict the user’s movement.
VR hardware manufacturers understand this and the dematerialization stage happened a few years ago. Soon after, we had lighter head mounted displays (HMD) and had developed smartphone-powered headsets.
Come 2018, we had standalone mobile VR — the ones that don’t need a PC or a phone to work. Oculus Go was the first and the most popular one. People are looking forward to more headsets like this.
What we look forward to: CES 2019 last January gave us an idea what the next set of standalone VR headsets would look like and what they can do. We look forward to Pico G2’s 4K screen, Oculus Quest, Vive Focus this year. Apple’s upcoming head-mounted display will come out in 2021. Magic Leap and Hololens 2, an AR headset is already here. Before 2024, we expect to see a lot of AR glasses for public and enterprise use too.
Without the wires and the heavy hardware, AR and VR technology will be 100% mobile, more seamless, and more interactive. Before 2024, we might see people wearing lightweight head-mounted displays wherever they go.
Wide field of view AR displays
While the first Hololens (2010) offers comfort and quality display, it had a very limited rectangular field of view (FOV).
Microsoft fixed it. They expanded the field of view of the Hololens 2, which gave the user something bigger to look through. They doubled the FOV of its predecessor.
In the future, we expect all future AR glasses to have a wide field of view. That way, AR glasses become more usable.
AR headsets accurately mapping the real world
Augmented reality puts a layer of digital information above our reality. To do that successfully, it must create a digital blanket that mirrors our world. This mirror world enables you to alter your surroundings seamlessly in augmented reality. With it, you can change the floor into a calm lake, and see yourself walking above water. You can do a lot more.
To make this possible, we need to wait for powerful AR headsets that can understand the architecture of the user’s surroundings. The technology to precisely map the real world is underway. Tech experts predict that scanning accuracy will improve rapidly in the next five years.
5G networks and 5G ready mobile devices
First, the launch of 5G cities. Next, the launch of 5G devices. Nothing’s going to stop the rollout of this strong network. It will transform the way we communicate. With it, we can operate standalone AR and VR devices anywhere and talk to somebody face to face with no delay.
Eye-tracking and facial expressions
To make face-to-face communication via AR/VR more effective, you need powerful visuals.
First, foveated rendering. Here, the amount of detail of the render varies across the image, thanks to powerful eye-tracking technology. The screen renders high-resolution images on areas where you focus while the peripheral regions appear in lower resolution. It conserves processing power.
With eye-tracking technology, AR and VR will be a more comfortable and personalised experience for every individual.
Another technology to watch out for is emotion-detection AI. Emotion detection technology has been around for years. When integrated with AR/VR devices, this can help people communicate more effectively in the virtual world.
The AR and VR technology we have today is a growing and developing real quick. The new and promising add-on technologies will unleash AR and VR’s potential. When all of these meet the plummeting prices of VR and AR hardware, then this disruptor will find its way to everyone’s homes. It will change our lives forever.