The Next Chapter of VR & AR – The 360° Dome

There have been many phases and key milestones in the Virtual and Augmented Reality industry. The industry is moving at an exciting pace, with new capabilities (the likes of 3D dome projection and full-dome 360 options) being introduced on what seems like a weekly basis.
Wireless VR is happening, with the depth of field issues being rapidly solved. Social applications like VRChat are exploding in popularity, with VR-ready PCs getting smaller, faster and more affordable. Lastly, AR is coming into its own, with Apple’s ARKIT and a plethora of other AR experiences available to the wider public.

Which begs the question, what is next?

We now know the advantages of the immersive nature of putting on a VR headset and being taken to another world. Augmenting our worldview through AR has shown unique ways to educate and train, as well as enlighten. Yet, these can sometimes be private, isolating experiences. So how do we solve this issue? A 360° dome that can project floor-to-ceiling VR content is a great start. The combination of the physical presence of the dome, alongside immersive tech capabilities, makes this VR dome a fantastic option.
Imagine the first time you put on a VR headset. It was more than likely a mind-blowing experience. If you have seen enough VR though, you may well begin to yearn for human interaction as part of the experience. You’ll want to see other people’s reaction to the content.
Are they amazed? Did they see the shot of the plane overhead? Did they hear the spatial audio of the jet engine?
With a 360° dome, you can offer people the ability to experience VR content together. Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality company Laduma offer clients the chance to deliver exactly that. We have our own 22ft /7m immersive dome, a 360° dome that is specifically designed for clients to showcase a full dome projection system with floor-to-ceiling projection of VR content.
This revolutionary 360° VR dome also offers the ability to include mixed reality experiences. In other words, you can overlay synthetic content to interact with – in addition to the VR content that surrounds you in the dome.

A useful case in painting a picture of a 360° dome involves medical devices…

Imagine you produce a medical device, one that can be commonly used in emergency room procedures. You want to show the story, from beginning to end, of how the product saves lives. Now, imagine standing in a full dome 360 projection with 20 other people. It’s completely dark and you begin to hear a noise in the distance, what you soon realise is the sound of a helicopter engine.
The volume increases. The helicopter gets closer. Your friend next to you nudges your arm and points to the sky above you in the dome.
The helicopter is now landing towards you. Naturally, you take a few steps back as the landing pad of the hospital comes into view. The scene now jumps to a patient on the gurney. The ER doctors shout to prepare an operating room. You are now in the OR, where you take in the 360° views of doctors and nurses, all preparing for surgery.

POV from a patient

The narration begins, as the doctor describes the injury affecting crucial blood flow to the heart. He instructs you, the group in the AR dome, to lift up your iPads to begin the augmented reality experience. As he describes the injury, the 360° VR dome audience will now see a 3D animated heart in the air, with a model showing the blood flow issue.
It’s pumping, but you can see the reduction of blood flow. Now, back to the surgery that is being started. You see a heart valve device being put in place. The procedure is seemingly simple, methodical and within seconds, you see a life being saved with the help of the medical devise.
The doctor explains the successful implant of the device. The surrounding doctors and nurses smile and the shot ends with the patient leaving the hospital. The crowd in the dome claps in approval. They themselves felt like they were a part of this life-saving story. The power of VR is giving a first-person view of an experience. The crowd has that view in the VR dome, but now they’re now sharing it with their friends.
On top of the tremendous experience inside an immersive dome, you also have the dramatic appeal of a 22ft dome in any space. Whether it is a special corporate event, a product launch or at a trade show, our immersive dome will attract visitors – curious to see what is inside.
So show them! Give them a 360° dome experience they will never forget…together.
To use the Laduma 360° dome at your next event, contact Mike Santiago at [email protected] or by phone at (949) 201-9496