Christened as ‘Virtuali-Tee’, this latest hi-tech gizmo is a one-of-its kind product breathing in the world today. A result of a very effective and sophisticated crowd-funded project, this X-Ray vision enabled T-shirt works on the concept of virtual reality which will enable the viewers to peer deep inside the shirt wearer’s internal anatomy by simply using either a VR enabled headset or a compatible mobile device.
Fundamentally, you will be able to take a detailed sneak peek inside the circulatory, digestive and skeletal systems of the wearer. It has been specifically designed to teach kids about the internal functioning of the human body.
Maria Rakusanova is Samsung’s product marketing lead who predominantly undertakes the VR [Virtual Reality] systems. She sums up the product by saying that it is “like a magic lens combined with a teleportation experience that helps kids unlock their full learning potential.”
Let us get down to the nitty gritty first and dissect the technology marvels involved in this:
Often deemed as a computer simulated reality spectrum or immersive multimedia per se, Virtual Reality or VR essentially allows the users to interact with the new virtual world. This happens as a virtual environment is created which effectively simulates an actual physical presence in multiple places belonging to the real/imaginary world. Not just that, a VR experience can also muster sensory experiences which includes the likes of touch, hearing, smell and sight.
Augmented reality (AR) or mediated reality is often deemed as an indirect or a completely direct view of a real word environment which contains multiple supplemented (augmented) elements which have been generated using sensory inputs like GPS, graphics, video and sound. Here, the actual view of the reality is somewhat diminished or gimmicked by an AR setup.
Now, as far as this Virtuali-Tee is concerned, this garment works in tandem with a mobile phone, a compatible tablet or a VR headset. This is the proud brainchild of Curiscope, which is a VR and AR company based in London. Conventionally, with devices like Samsung Gear VR or the Oculus Rift or perhaps the famous Google Cardboard, you can envelope a user’s vision field to portray a different world. Whereas, using this Virtuali-Tee, you can effectively superimpose a wide array of internal images onto the sleek T-shirt.
Here’s How It Works
- The Virtuali-Tee comes equipped with QR codes which are Quick Response codes per se. These codes have been recognized enough to be used in signage and ads in the form of square bar codes.
- Next, the compatible tablets or smartphones or other Internet enabled devices effectively scan these particular QR codes.
- This is where a free app from Curiscope enters the fray. It utilizes the codes to overlay animated images of the wearer’s body on the T-shirt.
Users can furthermore make good use of the app and look at someone else with this Virtuali-Tee. Moreover, they can gauge at themselves and their internal anatomy using a credible mirror or a device’s selfie mode.
Ed Barton, the CEO of Curiscope further proclaimed, “We wanted to make learning about the human body into an exciting experience, and it seemed fitting that the perfect way to do this would be through a T-shirt that mimics what it’s like to look inside the body”.
The Spectrum of Learning
This tech marvel is not just in for the ‘awe’ factor or the first impression on people’s eyes; this one’s primarily meant for education and teaching purposes as well. Using the compatible smart phone or the app, you can make use of the tags pointing towards the various body systems to trigger educational videos and credible pieces of texts which will cite in detail what the particular system is all about. Customers who’re using the VR headset can simply center their vision towards the system they want to fully explore.
With this new found technology, the company further wants to add more to this by bringing in health diagnostics and disease. Imagine a T-shirt which could tell you or rather show you the difference between a pair of healthy lungs and the lungs of a person who has been smoking for over a decade. Impressed?