Here’s everything you need to know about what VR is and how it will affect your life!
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual reality is a computer-generated environment that enables you experience a different reality.
VR headset fits around your head and over your eyes, and visually separates you from whatever space you’re physically in. Images are fed to your eyes from two small lenses. Through VR you can virtually experience a movie or a scene as if you are part of it, and immerse yourself in a video game without leaving your couch.
What are the Device Options to experience VR?
- Google Cardboard
The easiest and cheapest way to try virtual reality, Google Cardboard is just a piece of folded cardboard with some cheap embedded lenses. When you stick your phone inside and press it up to your face, you can feel like you’re in another world
- Oculus Rift
The Oculus Rift is far more immersive than strapping a phone to your face. It tracks your head in all directions, so you can lean in and get right up close to virtual objects.
- HTC Vive
The ultimate VR experience, HTC Vive lets you reach out and grab objects in virtual reality, and even walk around a room. Again, you are tethered to a powerful gaming PC, plus you need to clear your living-room-furniture and plug in loads of cables to fulfill your holodeck dreams.
- Samsung Gear VR
Assuming you already have a recent Samsung phone. It has more sophisticated sensors than Google Cardboard and is relatively comfortable to wear. Plus it’s got a decent library of purpose-built apps and games.
- Sony PlayStation VR
Sony PlayStation VR will let you grab things in VR without requiring a pricy gaming PC as intermediary. Instead, it works with the PlayStation 4 console that you might already own. Just know you’ll need to add controllers, and you shouldn’t expect the graphics to be quite as good as those of the Oculus or Vive.
What are the things/industries you can use VR to do?
DesignThe wand-like controllers and whole virtual playgrounds of VR is a fantastic tool for design any 3D model, products and scenes…
More and more new cameras are being created to capture the stories, and tools to upload and livestream them are growing in number. Soon, these experiences might not even seem like films at all
GamingVideo games are one of the main applications for virtual reality as of today. VR gives the game designers the freedom to take games to incredible new places.
EducationStudents could take a class trip to anywhere of the world, and try surgery without any risks, VR simulations can offer practice runs at techniques, designs and ideas.
- Virtual tourism
Whether you’re watching a 360-degree video someone shot, or a computationally generated 3D simulation, you can shut out the real world and replace it with your destination of choice. One day, you may be able to explore your own memories as well, imagine recording them with a 360-degree camera, then looking around to see what you missed in the moment.
MeditationVR can become a private space for your mind or it can be a place to explore something uncomfortable in a protective simulation. Studies have shown that VR is so distracting, it can be a surprisingly effective painkiller compared with traditional medicine.
Real estateReal estate can definitely be an industry that VR will be used widely, imagine that you can save your time travelling to the showroom and check out the new property right at your home!
SocialThis is why Facebook is pushing the VR! 🙂