I remember my first time with virtual reality (VR).
I was wandering around a student developer technology fair looking for projects to write about and students to interview. I stopped at a booth that had an Oculus Rift on display and started chatting with four developers about the headset. One student noted the pulsar map tattoo on my arm—which sent us into a Fibonacci sequence of geekery as we gabbed about the cosmos, our place in it, and the search for extraterrestrial life. Then they asked me if I’d like to try a VR program they wrote where you get to explore the International Space Station (ISS). You bet I did.
I put the headset on and looked down at my hand—made massive by the white astronaut suit glove. I reached out to grab a metal rung of a ladder attached to the wall and climbed up to the door that led to the exterior of the station. As I pushed myself out onto the ISS platform, I saw our planet come into view. My heart jumped. The image of the earth from that angle and perspective seared itself onto my memory.
There are a lot of photos of the ISS. I can study those to no end, but seeing the ISS in VR … it sent my mind spiraling into all the ways VR, augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) could be used for things like education, travel, health, gaming, and so on.
I also got to talking with one of the developers about concerns over lag time, refresh rates, and the importance of the technology powering that VR. He explained that if the processor is powerful enough, the human eye shouldn’t detect any lag, and therefore the user should feel no motion sickness. If it’s off, well, VR is kind of a dud.
Customers aren’t going to buy into the ethos of VR without the ability to see the impact it can truly have on their lives. They have to see it to believe it—and that’s true of any technology.
That’s why Intel came to us at Prowess—because they wanted to tell their VR story with power. We dug into what makes Technicolor VR on Intel Xeon Scalable processors so unique. Spoiler: they’re crazy fast.
Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5E1sLjD5JU
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