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Key to Become AR/VR Developer and Expert


By NIIT Editorial

Published on 17/05/2021

8 minutes

The advent of pandemic 2020 was daunting for everyone. Our lives became confined to screens and devices to get us connected with numerous applications and online platforms. However, it led to several significant developments too. The technology became more immersive and dynamic.  

The foundation of digitizing mediums led to an extensive area of content creation wherein Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (VR) came up as the most demanding fields as a career interest. From PokemonGo to Madonna’s most unique Billboard performance - Medellin, content creators are expanding the new milestones of virtual reality technology every day.

Basic Understanding of AR and VR

Any particular set of knowledge should begin from the basics. In the world of technology, AR and VR have seen exponential growth in recent years. However, most people and even a lot of tech enthusiasts tend to think that Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are the sides of the same coin. It is not like that. These two terms have an apparent difference. The major job of a Virtual Reality developer involves creating a virtual ambiance that the user can access through any virtual reality headset. On the other hand, the AR developer creates something that can be digitally experienced on our mobile phones in the form of mobile applications and virtual reality games.

Let's have a detailed look at the 5 important skill-sets and methodologies that assist in becoming a successful AR or VR developer. Also, let us analyze how virtual and augmented reality technology is becoming mainstream because of its explorative opportunities to build career dimensions.  

Programming

The process of understanding AR and VR starts with a basic learning of programming experience. The best way to gain programming knowledge is through Youtube tutorials. You must have an excellent grasp of languages like C#, C++ JavaScript, Python. But watching the videos is not enough, right? So, to learn to program you can also access the free courses offered by the platforms like NIIT, Udemy, edX, Khan Academy, etc. From education to entrepreneurship, programming has become incredibly adaptive and easy to learn.

Social Media 

Having an immense social media presence and essential knowledge about the ongoing trends is a significant part of becoming an AR and VR expert. Since the lockdown, social media has become the most attentive medium to share or exchange any information. If you could explore the algorithm of any specific piece of content, you may absorb an enhanced level of information revolving around the related content. However, the mere posting of content is not enough to understand social media, one must also be well-versed with SEO, copywriting, and CMS.

One of the emerging trends on social media is the creation of 'filters' which has led to higher profitability. The more unique your filter is, the more you earn. Another major profile that can be said as one of the advantages of augmented reality is promotional content of events like webinars that have enabled the AR/VR professionals to revamp the field of technology.

XR Knowledge

Another major part of becoming an AR or VR professional is to develop knowledge about XR. The umbrella of Extended Reality (XR) comprises the theme of AR and VR. Connecting the real and virtual world to create immersive technological benefits is the outcome of understanding XR. For example, brainstorming the definition of XR with online tutorials, visualizing the creative ideas, and conceptualizing your original concept for an XR application.

VueXR has recently launched a free XR Media Publishing Platform in India to eradicate the gap of commercialization of technology. Also, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, IIT announced to provide free online tutorials in Python to universities worldwide.

UX Design Knowledge

User Experience (UX) Design is incorporating the demands of the audience in terms of Visual Communications. If you are a tech enthusiast, learning UX designing becomes a prerequisite. It helps you to reach the expectations of prototyping the content and organizing the impactful impressions that can engage the target audience in the best manner. With the help of a proper and in-depth social setting, you can learn UX design on your own. For starters, you must learn how to analyze, design and conduct from a variety of research methodologies to understand the best preference.

Then, if you plan to become an expertise in UX design, get acquainted with terms like Wireframing, Prototyping, Typography, and Visual Communications. Moreover, you are also expected to inculcate some soft and psychological skills like empathy, determination, and focus towards the expectations of the audience you are serving to. Following these said steps will elevate your skills in the augmented reality and virtual reality industry.

3D Modeling and Animation

According to the market statistics, the AR and Vr sector, 3D Modeling, and animation are rapidly growing. The scope of illustrations, digital representation, and diversified animations has turned the picture of digital influence. The three types of modeling such as Polygonal, NURBS, and digital sculpting are enough to get familiar with 3D modeling and augment the real world in different ways. If you are looking forward to mastering the tools of 3D Modeling and Animation, you must study Maya, Blender, and Cinema4D.

Mainstreaming AR and VR

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are expanded from their finite scope and are related to the technical background precisely. This has become a common misconception now. The rapid growth of AR and VR is a spatial space for almost everyone as it provides digital facilitation and visual communication to the audience. Businesses can burgeon because social media, animated ads, and motion graphics are providing visual messages to content. While gaming and 3D modeling are providing livelihood to the current generation, lengthy information is getting coded in small parts and getting disseminated everywhere. The world has come to the closest version due to AR and VR.

Another myth about AR and VR, that it is only possible to study these subject lines through coding language. In today’s era, it’s not true at all. “The Augmented reality market is estimated to grow from USD 10.7 billion in 2019 and projected to reach USD 72.7 billion by 2024; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 46.6% from 2019 to 2024. The most significant factor driving the growth of this market is rising investments in the market. Investments in the AR market have witnessed huge growth over the past few years. Companies such as Facebook Corporation, Intel Corporation, Qualcomm, Inc., Alphabet, Inc., Comcast Ventures, and Samsung Group are investing heavily in the AR market.”, according to the Augmented Reality Market report.

The report directly shifts our focus towards the large chunk of the population going for their ambition in the AR and VR sector. Nonetheless, not everyone is interested in learning coding, but the exponential growth in the market has driven people, especially the younger generation, to move towards the enterprise sector with AR and VR skills.

Various Industries with AR and VR Applications

Healthcare

 

The Healthcare industry needs constant research, analysis, and training for the students. Hence, a VR developer can come in handy for this industry. Through creating a VR experience, surgeries, training, and studies on new diseases can be accelerated.

Ed-Tech

Ed-tech is the new trend in education. Students and parents need a new form of education that not only involves the students through the means of theory but also provides them a Virtual Learning tour. In the time of pandemic when remote learning is being promoted, VR has become the go-to technology that is being adopted by parents for that.

Travel Industry
 

AR has enabled travelers to find routes more accurately and in a much easier way. Not only, this, AR has also increased the travel experience by informing the travelers about various sites to see, cafes to visit, hotels to stay. The best example of AR in travel is Google Maps which has made our travel a cakewalk. 

 

Gaming


Gaming is another sector that has seen exponential growth through AR and VR applications. Several games such as Pokemon Go, which use VR tools and technology, have become of maximum interest to gamers across the world. Now, gaming companies put the focus on enhancing the overall experience for the gamers, and in this, AR and VR are becoming their favorites. 

Conclusion

As the world is moving towards immense interaction without a physical presence, VR and AR are helping experts to be favored by different organizations and firms to generate online tools, mediums to increase spatial connection. From novices to expert professionals, technology is largely revolutionizing lives and livelihood. Also, the experts and tutors are attempting to make courses less complicated and financially viable, so that the outreach could be wider and positively inspirational. 



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