Virtual reality is taking over the tech industry lately. With the ability to essentially “live” an alternate life, it’s really not surprising. However, many people have started to use the terms 3D simulation and virtual reality intertwiningly. This is incorrect as 3D simulation and virtual reality are two different things. They do play a role in each other’s success though!
What is 3D simulation?
3D simulations are three dimensional graphic designs created for a variety of purposes. These designs are crafted using a wide variety of software programs. Simulations are slightly different than standard 3D designs. Simulations are created to show a scene in a three-dimensional format. Often times, you’ll see 3D simulation in video games as this is their most popular format.
How do you create a 3D simulation?
3D simulations are created through digital software that input geometric designs in varying formats to create an image. This image is then coded or animated to move around an area. For example, you may build a 3D simulation of a farm. You’d have trees, a barn, animals, a fence, and of course the farmer. These graphics would be able to move around when controlled to do so. This is what makes a 3D simulation.
What’s unique about 3D simulations is that they can also be used in a business format. Product designers can use 3D simulation to show what their product could do or would do in real time. Whereas the scenarios are “made up”, the designers would use data to replicate how their product would work. For example, if you were creating a new kind of drone for taking pictures, you could use 3D simulation to show your drone flying around a 3D-world. You’d display how high the drone would go, what video would look like on it, etc.
What is virtual reality?
Virtual reality is kind of like the leveled-up version of a 3D simulation. See, you need 3D simulation to create a VR world, but the VR part is slightly different. Virtual realities are experiences through the use of a head set that is connect to a 3D simulation on a device (often a computer or gaming console). The user puts on a VR headset/goggle and the headset is designed to make you feel as though you are inside the game. You become the character.
Virtual reality combines a 3D simulated world with advanced technology to give gamers a one-of-a-kind experience. They essentially become the game! Virtual reality essentially replaces the real world with an augmented world that you get to live in.
3D simulations and virtual reality are similar concepts in that they both provide a 3D world for users to be involved in. 3D simulations are even used in virtual reality worlds so that the gamers can be immersed in something realistic (which is what makes VR so intriguing by the way!). Both of these types of graphic designs can be used to create variety of products such as video games or product design simulations.