In 2017, RTI’s Interactive Computing (IC) was born as an Independent Research & Development (IR&D) project and the new “one stop shop” for Virtual Reality based development across the institute. IC is a team of developers, designers, and researchers, working to develop a deep technical understanding of emerging technologies utilizing Virtual and Augmented Reality with a primary purpose to develop useful solutions that support RTI’s mission to improve the human condition.
Virtual Reality technology is a type of interactive computing that allows users to become immersed in virtual environments. Full immersion VR involves users wearing VR headsets that have a display for each eye to simulate depth and track the users head movements to produce a very convincing illusion of being in a virtual world.
Augmented Reality (AR) is a type of interactive computing that uses smartphones, tablets, or webcams to overlay digital images and animations into the real world. Augmented reality software will identify an appropriate spot to place the digital object, whether that is a face, flat surface, or elsewhere. The technology will then continually readjust as the user moves their device.