Usually, when people think about virtual reality, they mostly see gaming evolving. But VR is not all about gaming as it can, and it does make a huge difference in the whole future of humanity. VR is something worthwhile analyzing as in-depth as possible. Massive companies such as Facebook, Sony, and HTC have already started to create their own hardware that supports VR. What’s great is that ordinary people can use their gadgets that support VR.
Let’s briefly explore a few areas of our life that have been affected and will continue to be changed by virtual reality.
It can be really compulsive to check out various locations all over the world on Google Maps. Virtual travel would be more immersive, just think about it. VR is able to allow visiting all kinds of places on the planet, places that you wouldn’t have the chance to visit otherwise.
Virtual reality penetrates the field of medicine as well. There are already lots of treatment that involve it, and surgeons can safely train to perfect their techniques using VR instead of real humans. Trainee surgeons would be able to practice on things that are not mere plastic models or individuals who have left their bodies after death to medical science. VR is also able to provide the disabled individuals various ways in which they could experience all kinds of ordinary things that their bodies are not able to experience anymore.
Movies and gaming
The most significant advantage of VR’s capabilities is the deep immersion. In virtual reality, you can watch movies and play games as if you were there in the virtual world yourself. You can look around at the action from various angles, and you can pay attention to whatever you please. The most obvious use that has already been demonstrated is VR in gaming, just imagine playing online games like live Roulette in VR; it would be just as if you were in the casino yourself: being able to touch the cards, paying closer attention to the other players and so on.
Using VR, you could fly in space via a Google Maps-style interface, and this would also be quite interesting and fun. If a space agency decided to place cameras all over their equipment and send it into the great unknown, scientists on Earth would be able to view and navigate through those place via a VR headset.
Learning how to fly
There are already lots of flight-simulators that use the VR technology, and this is much more realistic and immersive compared to old-school ways.
These are only a tiny part of what VR can accomplish for humanity. A while ago, VR seemed just a future potential, but now the future is here, and it’s drawing us towards it more and more every day. We are now witnessing the world changing at an impressive speed.
Patrick Supernaw is the lead editor for Great Lakes Ledger. Patrick has written for many publications including The Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Patrick is based in Ottawa and covers issues affecting his city. In addition to his severe hockey addiction, Pat also enjoys kayaking and can often be found paddling the Rideau Canal. Contact Pat here