Games Technology, but not for Gaming

Advances in technology have recently allowed for the development and release of a swathe of Virtual Reality headsets, including the Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. However, the video game industry is not the only industry to use the same technologies.

Remotely Controlled Vehicles

Manufacturers of large industrial vehicles and machines have been plagued by a reduction in the price of the ores that mining companies are excavating, leading to the purchasing less equipment, and therefore the manufacturers making less money. In an attempt to drive up sales, many manufacturers are attempting to introduce new technologies to the vehicles including remotely controlled vehicles. These vehicles are controlled by an operator, who can reside many miles away, whilst controlling the vehicle with familiar controls. This is highly similar to the way that players can control vehicles in games using real-looking steering wheels or aircraft yokes.

Drone Cockpit at RAF Waddington
Video Game Aircraft Yoke with thrust levers and instrument Panel

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is a visualisation technology that allows the user to view digital graphics over the real world. One of the most well advertised pieces of AR technology to be coming to the public market is the HoloLens, being developed by Microsoft. The HoloLens allows the wearer to view 2D or 3D graphics projected onto the HoloLens’ goggles overlaid onto real-life, allowing the user to view the object or space as it would appear if it were real. Allowing the user to see these objects in 3D can help the wearer to diagnose potential issues with the product or building before production begins. The HoloLens is being marketed at  However, the HoloLens is not being marketed particularly at the general public, but at design, construction, and architecture businesses; and educational and research institutions. AR technology can also be used in advertising, to animate advertisements, and take up space that would be impossible to do in real-life, but can be viewed on a smartphone or other AR capable device.

These new uses are not the only uses of AR Technology. The ARC4 is a piece of technology designed mainly for Military use. The ARC4 keeps the soldiers wearing it up to date on important locations and objectives, without taking their attention off the surrounding area and battlefield in order to look at maps or electronic devices. As you can see from the images below, the layout of the ARC4’s HUD is very similar to the HUD on a video game.

Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (2007) Screenshot


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