Virtual reality (VR) typically refers to computer technologies that use software to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that replicate a real environment (or create an imaginary setting), and simulate a user’s physical presence in this environment. VR has been defined as “…a realistic and immersive simulation of a three-dimensional environment, created using interactive software and hardware, and experienced or controlled by movement of the body” or as an “immersive, interactive experience generated by a computer”. This is according to Wikipedia.
1. Virtual reality is the next big thing and all the big names in the tech world have embraced it. They are either building apps for it, building hardware for it or even engaging in both. So, you would not be short of hardware or software to have this experience. There thousands of virtual reality apps on the Play store already and they are growing by the day. Companies, like Samsung (With the Samsung Gear VR), HTC, Sony, Facebook, Google and so on are also in this space and bringing new innovations to the table.
2. In times past, engaging in virtual reality required big equipment stationed in a location such as the ones in the images below. However, with the advancement in technology, Virtual Reality is now easily accessible on mobile (all you need is a phone and a virtual reality headset/viewer and may be with a remote control in your hand, which is not always necessary).
3. It’s a great tool for learning. Whether you want to watch a 360° movie or documentary, VR can come in handy as it can be used as a tool to drive home points in educational videos. Due to the fact that VR puts you in the middle of the scene/action, it ensures that the person does not only enjoy the experience, but remembers it longer and understands it better.
4. It gives great entertainment value. True gamers would appreciate and love virtual reality as it immerses you into the game and you feel as if you are actually part of the action. Whether it’s a roller coaster ride, racing game, falling from/climbing heights, battle games and so on, the VR experience is much more enjoyable than a normal flat 2-D experience.
5. It is immersive in the sense that VR makes you feel as if you are part of the scene/action. It gives a sense of reality as you have the opportunity to look around you – left/right and up/down and even interact with the environment depending on the app.
There are different areas in which virtual reality can be applied and it include, but not limited to
- Education & training
- Video games
- Fine arts
- Heritage and archeology
- Architectural design
- Urban design
- Theme parks
- Exercise & fitness
You can start enjoying virtual reality now by purchasing a Virtual Reality Glasses from Gadgets.ng.