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Wireless Connectivity, The Future of Virtual Reality

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Virtual Reality or VR is a very interesting piece of technology. Everyday, more people are making a transition from the basic reality to the one inside a computer. Because of this, VR is slowly gaining a?foothold from today?s tech enthusiasts. However, to date, most VR hardware are either low-grade or encumbering.

For those who want an untethered option will normally opt with VR paired with mobile devices like a smartphone. However, these VR are somewhat limited in performance and are solely dependent on the mobile phone being used.

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However, the main point of VR is to experience high-end graphics that transcend true reality. In order to achieve this, a VR system will need a lot of processing power.

This is why many still prefer the usual PC-Headset tandem when it comes to virtual reality. Unfortunately, this setup comes with a price.

First of which, is the price. Due to the hardware required to render high-quality images, a powerful processor paired with a very good graphics card is a must. For price sensitive individuals, this setup can prove to be difficult to achieve.

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Secondly, PC-based VR always come in a tethered setup that limits mobility. In the expense of graphics quality and processing power, one must continuously be attached to the computer being operated. However, this setup is about to change for the good.

Few companies and learning institutions have been specializing in VR technology for quite some time now. Just recently, ?HTC announced that, in partnership with other developers, it has successfully provided the first wireless solution to its HTC Vive VR headset. The accessory?called the TPCAST connects the HTC Vive VR headset to a host computer wirelessly.

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Unfortunately, the TPCAST is limited to HTC Vive VR headset use only. It does not offer compatibility with other headsets like the Oculus Rift. This is where MIT?s MoVR comes in.

MIT has developed the MoVR to answer the ever growing concern about VR mobility across different platforms or manufacturers. The MoVR uses microwave communication to form a link between the headset and the host computer. This link carries all the necessary information exchange between the hardware without compromising on quality. The wireless link is capable of sustaining a maximum of 6Gbps transmission rates.

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The sad thing is, the MoVR is still in its early stages. The team of engineers from MIT are still developing and improving the system. Nevertheless, the cross-platform functionality of MoVR does offer a great deal of future to it. Before long, VR enthusiast will be able to obtain the device for their very own VR hardware. However, for those who cannot wait any longer can buy the TPCAST from HTC Vive?s Chinese website for $220.

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