Thermal Management for Virtual Reality

Thermal Management for Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) creates simulated immersive virtual environments that can be experienced by the user as if they were real. Virtual Reality also includes Augmented Reality (AR) where virtual elements are overlaid into the real world and Mixed Reality (MR) which is similar to AR but the virtual elements are anchored into the real world and are able to be interacted with. Virtual Reality systems have various uses and applications across a range of different domains, the VR industry is growing at a rapid rate across all sectors and is estimated to be worth over $22 billion globally by 2025.

Importance of Thermal Management for VR:

Thermal management is crucial for VR applications, as they involve high computational loads that can generate significant heat. Managing the temperature effectively is important to ensure the stability, performance, and longevity of Virtual Reality hardware, such as CPUs, GPUs and Servers.

VR applications have a wide range of use cases, each with their own specific thermal management requirements and associated Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs).

Heat Sinks, are devices that dissipate heat from the heat source to the surrounding air or liquid and are commonly found in VR headsets alongside Thermal Interface Materials. TIMs are applied between the heat source and Heat Sink to fill the microscopic voids between the two mating surfaces to improve heat transfer.  There are many different types of TIMs that can be used for VR headsets, including Thermal Putty, Thermal Tape, Thermal Compounds and Thermal Pads. Each type of TIM has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on the application requirements, these include thermal conductivity, thickness, mechanical strength, viscosity, curing time and cost.

Virtual Reality Entertainment

Entertainment:

Virtual Reality systems are becoming more and more common within the entertainment industry which includes gaming, movies, music and art. VR enables gamers to experience immersive and interactive gameplay, moviegoers watch films in 3D and 360 degrees, music lovers listen to concerts and performances, and artists create and exhibit their works. VR can also help users socialise and communicate with other users in virtual worlds and communities which has become increasingly popular since the pandemic. Accessing VR entertainment usually involves using a platform such as the Metaverse or Wave VR via a smart phone, computer or headset and due to the nature of the application and high power throughput effective thermal management is crucial. In Virtual Reality systems, Thermal Interface Materials are used to dissipate the heat generated by the VR headset, device and server. VR headsets typically consist of a display, a processor, a battery, and other components that produce heat. Excess heat can result in a number of faults ranging from fogging up the display, degradation of the battery, user discomfort or even thermal shutdown.

VR Education and Training

Education & Training:

Virtual Reality systems are used to enhance learning and teaching outcomes. In classroom based environments VR enables students to explore and experience  historical sites, different countries, natural phenomena and scientific concepts in an immersive and engaging way. It also enables teachers create customised learning environments for different students and subjects. Medical students, surgeons and veterinarians are able to practice surgical procedures in a completely safe space using VR surgery simulators which use haptics to replicate the feeling and touch of real tissue. Pilot training systems for both military and commercial airlines offer authentic flight simulation and scenarios to enable trainee pilots to experience flying or training exercises from the safety of the ground before flying in a real aircraft. The need for real-time realistic effects and rendering in these environments is critical and effective thermal management of components in these applications will improve response times and device performance.

Virtual Reality in Business

Business & Retail:

More and more businesses are embracing Virtual Reality as the status quo for a variety of outcomes ranging from staff training and marketing through to product development. VR assists engineers and designers prototype and test their products during the design stage and the software may also incorporate AI and machine learning to improve the initial testing phase prior to any physical products being made. Architects are also able to use VR to turn 2D blueprints and artist impressions into fully immersive and interactive designs, enabling the end customer to experience a virtual walk through of the building or area. Companies can create and showcase their campaigns and products in VR, this is particularly popular in the beauty and lifestyle industries where customers can access virtual showrooms to try before they buy and experiment with looks and layouts that they might not have considered previously. Staff training can also be delivered by VR, this is especially useful for emergency services or specialist machine operatives where simulations provide realistic situations and training exercises in a safe environment. Regardless of the device or platform used to access VR, Thermal Interface Materials are used across all heat generating components to provide the end user with a seamless VR experience.

Why choose T-Global Technology?

Thermal management is a critical aspect of VR systems. Excess heat can cause issues around performance, lifespan and accuracy. T-Global Technology provides a range of Thermal Management Products for the VR industry to dissipate heat and maintain optimal operating temperatures for devices and applications. Use the buttons below to view our full product range, contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail, or go back to the industry applications overview.

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Thermal Management for Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) creates simulated immersive virtual environments that can be experienced by the user as if they were real. Virtual Reality also includes Augmented Reality (AR) where virtual elements are overlaid into the real world and Mixed Reality (MR) which is similar to AR but the virtual elements are anchored into the real world and are able to be interacted with. Virtual Reality systems have various uses and applications across a range of different domains, the VR industry is growing at a rapid rate across all sectors and is estimated to be worth over $22 billion globally by 2025.

Importance of Thermal Management for VR:

Thermal management is crucial for VR applications, as they involve high computational loads that can generate significant heat. Managing the temperature effectively is important to ensure the stability, performance, and longevity of Virtual Reality hardware, such as CPUs, GPUs and Servers.

VR applications have a wide range of use cases, each with their own specific thermal management requirements and associated Thermal Interface Materials (TIMs).

Heat Sinks, are devices that dissipate heat from the heat source to the surrounding air or liquid and are commonly found in VR headsets alongside Thermal Interface Materials. TIMs are applied between the heat source and Heat Sink to fill the microscopic voids between the two mating surfaces to improve heat transfer.  There are many different types of TIMs that can be used for VR headsets, including Thermal PuttyThermal TapeThermal Compounds and Thermal Pads. Each type of TIM has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on the application requirements, these include thermal conductivity, thickness, mechanical strength, viscosity, curing time and cost.

Entertainment:

Virtual Reality systems are becoming more and more common within the entertainment industry which includes gaming, movies, music and art. VR enables gamers to experience immersive and interactive gameplay, moviegoers watch films in 3D and 360 degrees, music lovers listen to concerts and performances, and artists create and exhibit their works. VR can also help users socialise and communicate with other users in virtual worlds and communities which has become increasingly popular since the pandemic. Accessing VR entertainment usually involves using a platform such as the Metaverse or Wave VR via a smart phonecomputer or headset and due to the nature of the application and high power throughput effective thermal management is crucial. In Virtual Reality systems, Thermal Interface Materials are used to dissipate the heat generated by the VR headset, device and server. VR headsets typically consist of a display, a processor, a battery, and other components that produce heat. Excess heat can result in a number of faults ranging from fogging up the display, degradation of the battery, user discomfort or even thermal shutdown.

Virtual Reality Entertainment

Education & Training:

Virtual Reality systems are used to enhance learning and teaching outcomes. In classroom based environments VR enables students to explore and experience  historical sites, different countries, natural phenomena and scientific concepts in an immersive and engaging way. It also enables teachers create customised learning environments for different students and subjects. Medical students, surgeons and veterinarians are able to practice surgical procedures in a completely safe space using VR surgery simulators which use haptics to replicate the feeling and touch of real tissue. Pilot training systems for both military and commercial airlines offer authentic flight simulation and scenarios to enable trainee pilots to experience flying or training exercises from the safety of the ground before flying in a real aircraft. The need for real-time realistic effects and rendering in these environments is critical and effective thermal management of components in these applications will improve response times and device performance.

VR Education and Training

Business & Retail:

More and more businesses are embracing Virtual Reality as the status quo for a variety of outcomes ranging from staff training and marketing through to product development. VR assists engineers and designers prototype and test their products during the design stage and the software may also incorporate AI and machine learning to improve the initial testing phase prior to any physical products being made. Architects are also able to use VR to turn 2D blueprints and artist impressions into fully immersive and interactive designs, enabling the end customer to experience a virtual walk through of the building or area. Companies can create and showcase their campaigns and products in VR, this is particularly popular in the beauty and lifestyle industries where customers can access virtual showrooms to try before they buy and experiment with looks and layouts that they might not have considered previously. Staff training can also be delivered by VR, this is especially useful for emergency services or specialist machine operatives where simulations provide realistic situations and training exercises in a safe environment. Regardless of the device or platform used to access VR, Thermal Interface Materials are used across all heat generating components to provide the end user with a seamless VR experience.

Virtual Reality in Business

Education:

These robots are commonly used in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) environments and are designed to teach the concepts of programming, problem-solving, and engineering to students. These robots often come with user-friendly interfaces and programming languages, rendering them valuable tools in educational environments. Thermal Pads are a popular choice for educational robots thanks to their ease of use. The pads are easy to install and can be cut or trimmed to fit the specific size and shape of the heat sink or heat source. They also come in a range of thickness and hardness to suit the application. Educational robots also include toy robots which are interactive toys used to engage, entertain and interact with young children and offer a range of functions such as story telling, making jokes, asking questions and dancing. Toy robots will also require effective thermal management to ensure safe operation during prolonged periods of play.

Why choose T-Global Technology?

Thermal management is a critical aspect of VR systems. Excess heat can cause issues around performance, lifespan and accuracy. T-Global Technology provides a range of Thermal Management Products for the VR industry to dissipate heat and maintain optimal operating temperatures for devices and applications. Use the buttons below to view our full product range, contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail, or go back to the industry applications overview.

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