Virtual Reality was, at least for a while in the 2000s, a much talked about concept that was thought to be the next big thing when it comes not only to gaming but also many business uses. However, due to cost and less than functional devices with which to create the virtual reality, it was quickly dropped again; just to be picked up again by more companies within the last few years. Now, in the last 2 years more software has been developed and more companies are focusing on virtual reality than in the previous twenty years before and this time around, virtual reality may just be the answer to the questions of many companies and consumers alike.
How does virtual reality work?
The concept of virtual reality, although sounding futuristic has less to do with science fiction and fantasy than with the actual reality. By using devices for the senses and motions of the user, a second reality can be created with which the user is capable of interacting. This requires intricate technology that covers all bases in terms of senses and motions of the user in order to create a realistic image of a reality that can be understood as one by the user.
As the eye sight is the most used sense by humans, virtual reality heavily relies on the ability to create a realistic image of a world that the user can see. This visual world can be projected onto the eyes of the user with the help of a projector or a device resembling a visor with which it is possible for the user to look around and explore the surroundings. This makes it important that the view of the created world changes in accordance with the head and eye movements of the user. If the view of the world changes late the user may start to feel sea sick and have to exit the virtual reality.
As it is in reality, there are sounds surrounding you, which change as you move around. For a world that comes across as realistic, it is important that all sounds and noises of the virtual reality setting are capable to adapt to the movements of the user in order to create a realistic scenario that resembles a real life experience. With the help of sophisticated software and headphones either integrated into the visual headset or separately, the sound experience can be created for the users of the virtual reality.
As virtual reality settings go, there should be the possibility to interact with the surroundings by touching and using. In order to be able to allow this interaction, users are often given glove resembling appliances with sensors that react and submit information about the hand and finger movements of the user. This allows the software to adapt and, for example, react to the use of an appliance in the VR setting.
Uses for Virtual Reality in the Real Life
Gaming is often the first idea that comes up when virtual reality is the topic of the conversation. However, other uses may be even more important than entertainment related uses. Companies can use VR settings in order to train their employees in scenarios that are life-like without having to physically recreate the scenario. By doing so, many scenarios can be recreated in the same setting, without much additional work.
Pilots are already commonly trained by flight simulators that allow the training of certain scenarios during the operation of an aircraft. Virtual reality will make flight simulators more realistic and help companies train their pilots in a more realistic setting. This will lead to safer air travel and may cause training cost to decrease as a result.
Training of Dangerous Situations
Police and military training could be conducted in virtual reality settings. Dangerous scenarios can be recreated and the police and military members in training will be schooled to react according to protocol, without having to act out the situation and put the trainees in danger. It will make for more cost efficient and safe training for dangerous situations that don’t have to be limited to the police and military force. Firefighters, coast guard and many other professions may also be able to profit from virtual reality trainings.
Shopping with the Help of Virtual Reality
As shopping on the internet is becoming more and more popular and figures are rising annually, online retailers are looking for ways in which to gain an edge over their key competitors. Virtual reality may be a way in which to gain more traction within the industry. Consumers could use a created virtual reality setting in order to have an equally stimulating experience when looking for items as physically going shopping. Programmers could create a virtual shopping mall with multiple departments and stores, recreating the same experience for their customers that they would have by physically visiting a shopping center. This may further increase e-commerce figures and allow companies to save more cost by reducing the amounts of physical stores.
Gaming in Virtual Reality Settings
Finally, gaming shall not be forgotten when virtual reality is the topic. A variety of different game play scenarios become imaginable as the resolution and quality of the graphic of games increases. Players can interact with other players in online role playing games, as well as be part of sports teams and play a position during a football tennis match. It will greatly increase the level of realism and help virtual reality to finally reach the level gaming applications that were envisioned by programmers from all over the world, as long as twenty years ago.
Besides the named ways in which to utilize virtual reality settings, unlimited other ways of using virtual reality soft- and hardware utilizations are imaginable. Functional virtual reality soft- and hardware may not be far removed from today’s technological advancement as proven by companies and their already existing virtual reality applications such as Oculus Rift. If virtual reality technology advances as rapidly as it has within the last few years, consumers and companies all over the world may be able to benefit from virtual reality very, very soon.Read More