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January 14, 2013

Leonar3Do Provides 3D Virtual Reality

By Robbie Pleasant
TMCnet Contributor

Let’s be honest here – who among us hasn’t wanted virtual reality to be just a button’s click away? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Fortunately, we’re one step closer to a fully-realized virtual environment, thanks to the Leonar3Do company’s system.

In order to use the virtual reality system, one needs 3D glasses, the 3D bird controller from Leonar3Do, and three peripheral sensors. Once those are out of the way, though, there’s a new realm of 3D reality to explore.

Currently, software is being made for educational purposes. For example, students can learn about the planets in the solar system by holding up the planets in front of them and getting a close look at the 3D images, or explore the human body to learn about our organs.

It’s also being used for practical purposes such as driving practice simulations, and facial reconstruction models for surgeries.

The system is controlled with a “bird” controller, shaped a little oddly, but still simple to use. It has two buttons, which can be used to interact with the virtual environment, and scrolls normally.

There’s also the option to get a smartphone app, turning one’s mobile device into the controller, and the option to run it on one’s 3D TV. 3D models created through the software can be printed on a 3D printer as well.

With the free Vimensio Play software, people can find and use virtual programs through an online app store. There’s also the Vimensio Edit program, which costs around $500, but has options for those who can code and those who can’t.

This technology may be new, but it’s the first step toward something amazing. The 3D virtual reality it offers is a great step, and provides plenty of potential and opportunities. It’s a little pricy, sure, with combined hardware and software costs somewhere around $1,500 total, but this puts us one step closer to holodecks.

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Edited by Braden Becker


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