Virtual reality and augmented reality hardware

27th September 2017
Side view of a man trying the Vive VR Headset

Tech experts have been discussing what virtual reality (VR) could be capable of for a while, yet it has only been in the last year or so that the technology has started to attract widespread attention. Now with big name manufacturers including Google, Sony, Samsung and HTC all entering the market with affordable solutions, virtual reality is really starting to catch on. But how could this hardware work for you and your company? We’ve looked at VR for business in more detail.

VR and AR in business

With technology evolving, possible uses for virtual or augmented reality hardware within a work environment are multiplying all the time. In fact, recent research by Bitkom claims that augmented, mixed and virtual reality hardware could save businesses around 88 million Euros by 2020.
So how could VR be used in every day working life? Here are just a few examples:

  • In healthcare, virtual reality could be used to help surgeons, guiding them in a way which is much less invasive to patients.
  • Event staff could be aided by virtual reality when making safety and security assessments, allowing them to see the whole event at once.
  • For couriers, virtual reality or augmented reality hardware could increase efficiency by helping them pack vans or trucks in the most space-saving way possible.

Mobile or tethered

There are two main types of VR hardware – mobile or tethered.
A mobile device is not connected by any wires. You wear and insert your smartphone into the special lenses on the headset which separates the view from your phone into two images, creating the virtual reality effect. However, a smartphone doesn’t have the graphics capability to make virtual reality as immersive as it could be.
Ideally, you need to use a tethered device connected to a specially adapted laptop which is VR or AR ready. There are loads of great manufacturers making such laptops including HP, PNY and ASUS, and you can also get desktops from companies such as Strongbox. These computers come with dedicated display, motion sensors, camera tracker and much more – all of which combines to deliver that fantastic immersive experience essential for virtual reality.

Still not sure?

The challenge with any type of new technology is that the true possibilities of what it can do are always undetermined at the start. This could mean that although you may virtual reality could be good for your business, you might be unsure about investing too heavily at this time. If so, we could provide the solution, with a number of VR devices available to rent at prices from as low as £16.80 (plus VAT) per week.
The beauty of leasing through Hardsoft is that we offer a three year no-quibble guarantee. If after 24 months you decide you aren’t getting enough from the technology, you can return it to us and your monthly payments will end. Alternatively, if you love your technology (and we are sure you will) then after 36 monthly payments you simply need to pay us £1 to own it outright.
Finally, with developments coming thick and fast in the virtual reality and augmented reality hardware world, you might be worried about buying just before a better version of the technology is released. Renting with us means that after two years you can exchange for a newer model – an ideal way to keep up with technological advancements.
If you’d like to know more about virtual reality or augmented reality hardware, give us a call today. Our team of experts will be happy to talk you through what’s available to find exactly what’s right for you.