New Disney Experiment Lets Users Catch Real Balls While in VR
Virtual reality development has come a long way, but it’s always been restricted to the virtual realm. However, new technology from Disney allows for the physical world to blend with the virtual. The video below shows this research in action, as a participant catches an actual ball while wearing a VR headset.
Catching an object in the real world requires hand-eye coordination, something that has yet to be successfully translated into the VR realm. The Disney Research lab hopes that this type of coordination and other skills can be translated into virtual reality. Senior research scientist Günter Niemeyer said combining physical and virtual enhances user experience.