Virtual Reality (VR) has been with us from many years – at least as an idea – but the technology has now come of age. Until now, virtual reality (VR) technology has almost solely been used to explore the fantasy territories of the gaming world. But the latest progresses strongly indicate that VR has outgrown games and is making a real difference in our collective futures. Let’s recap some recent developments in this quickly-expanding field.
Virtual reality filmmaking and experiential storytelling is happening and it’s getting better and better. We all have seen that the modern blockbusters are fully computerized nonsensical eye candies, you can easily imagine that their rendered worlds are becoming virtual reality playgrounds. Television is also not behind, people from all over the world has experienced the giant ice wall from Game of Thrones which is a work of virtual reality visual effects.
Virtual reality is anticipated as the near future of web that will allows you to search the web and find hundreds of websites with 360 degrees images and videos and an immersive virtual reality experience. You will be allowed to integrate any type of VR content in a website using only HTML which is simply amazing. But does that mean the website will become useless for non-VR viewers. Absolutely not. VR works fine with touch or mouse interaction on normal screens.
It is a great alternative to expensive hardware, by adapting WebVR for the largest number of users possible, this could be called a responsive VR solution. Virtual reality will assist companies’ websites to better showcase their products and services by using this kind of customer interaction.
Gaming is the most recognizable use for virtual reality and the most validated example. Sony’s headset and Facebooks Oculus have plenty of games that use it. These technologies offers a strong, immersive and striking experience that takes gaming to a whole new level of excellence.
It is so exciting to look around the world on Google Maps but just imagine it would be so much more exciting if you could do it with your own eyes…. sort of.
Virtual Reality allows remote tours of places for people who are not able to get to the real building, and would let estate agents give possible buyers a look around a property without them having to leave the comfort of their own home.
This year there have been various experiments into VR shopping, including a few remarkable entries into the market by international retail giants.
Ikea the Swedish furniture giant launched an initial version of the “Ikea VR Experience” the test app, featuring a virtual kitchen experience. With the help of HTC Vive, it would be possible to explore a test kitchen firsthand. You can experience the room as a short or tall person, change the appearance of the cabinet and do everything what a real person can.
EBay also launched the world’s first “virtual reality department store” in this year.
Now surgeons can do their practice in a better and safe way to improve their techniques on things other than real people, but it would also be better for trainee surgeons to practice on things that aren’t just plastic models.
As a result a fully-interactive, perfectly modelled specimen, suffering from a choice of ailments on which the surgery need to be need performed through VR interface, would make a much better-practiced, better-performing surgeons – something that’s good for all of us.
Improving quality of life
There are a lot people in this world who are not capable of living a normal life. But they also deserve to live, to experience, and to explore the wonders of this world.
Virtual Reality enables disabled or others who are not able to do ‘normal’ things with a chance to experience those things which able-bodied people have taken for granted. And that would be a brilliant thing.