The entire world is talking about one thing these days. That is the 31st Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. Athletes from all over the world are doing their best for their country. It would be glad to hear if all the athletes would be able to enjoy the true meaning of the Olympic, regardless of its performance.
In Rio, not only the fever of cheering but also the interest towards VR experience is getting hotter. According to the articles, the IOC members also had fun with the VR.
Firstly, Samsung electronics, the Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category is running a Galaxy studio where people can experience Kayak (One type of the Olympic game) in VR by sitting in the 4D seat.
<Credit: Samsung electronics>
Rio is one of the three grand harbors which have both natural and artificial beauty. It was also registered in UNESCO in 2012. Rio, the second largest city next to Sao Paulo, has a tropical climate.
Is it possible to enjoy winter sport in the vacationland that has tropical climate? VR made it possible. The locals and travelers are able to experience winter sports from the PyeongChang Winter Games booth which was built to promote 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in Copacabana beach. KT, the official partner of 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, showed off various experiences that will work with 5G and one of it is Ski Jump experience.
People get on the machine and adjust their feet in the skis which are on top on the machine and put on the VR HMD. Then what they see through the VR HMD is the Ski Jump scene and during the play the machine moves and also snows flutters to them. VR with 4D effect make people think as if they were really ski jumping in the snow.
Few years before, Samsung Gear VR made a Skin scuba store in the middle of the desert village named Alice Springs which is in center of Australia. They let the visitors experience swimming in the sea by just wearing Gear VR HMD. When they wear Gear VR and headphone they heard the sound of sea and watched the view of inside the ocean. In the beginning it is really peaceful, however, when the background music slightly changes a shark appears and begin to swim around you and then… suddenly you are inside the shark.
Through this event, it seemed possible to make people think as if they were really in the sea by using VR HMD and headphone only. This can be the most attractive part of VR: Making Impossible things possible. (영상링크: http://bit.ly/2bmCqJ1)
<Credit: Samsung electronics >
Not only Olympics but also Sport live streaming is receiving attention. We might be able to enjoy football or Golf play in VR live stream soon.
We can actually play sports in VR. “Golf VR” which is an android application which you can download in Google play. This is a golf game that you can enjoy with cheap Google cardboard. It provides a realistic bird call sound or sound effect heard when you hit the golf ball. You can choose holes and clubs and hit the ball by only using the magnet of Google Cardboard.
There are also more realistic and expensive golf game you can enjoy. Golf game using HTC Vive can be played by using its controllers and it let you able to swing.
<Golf-VR / Credit: Google image>
Lastly, isn’t it boring to run in the same running machine or rowing machine every day? If it is possible to be in different places when you do same exercise, don’t you think it would be fun?
Holodia Fitness of Holodia, a software company in France, and HTC Vive made our daily exercise more fun. If you put the VR device when you exercise in the running machine or rowing machine you become able to exercise in various places such as jungle, Siberia, famous cities or deep forest.
Yet it is on presale which means that we are not sure if Holodia Fitness can provide a real HD scenes so that we can think as if we were actually there, but when this technology are generalized, then our daily life will be filled with more pleasure.
It would be great if we can enjoy various sports without interrupted by environment. Also, there will be a day when everybody can enjoy all kinds of sports without the limit of the weather or physical problems soon.
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