Virtual reality is the new hot technology trend. The idea of being able to immerse yourself in a virtual world sounds like something from a sci-fi movie.
But it’s happening right now.
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual reality is a type of technology that makes experiences as real as possible. For example, you could play a game involving a roller coaster. Even though it’s a game, you feel as if you’re sitting in the car flying around.
Using a virtual reality headset and other tools, you create a new world that your senses tune into. It’s almost like a fancier version of getting lost in a really good book.
If you want to get technical, VR is a three-dimensional computer generated environment that can be explored and interacted with.
Some people worry about looking silly while they are experiencing VR. From the outside, you’ll be wearing goggles looking around excitedly.
But if you’re having fun, who cares?
5 Fun Things to Do in VR
Because VR is both technically advanced and at the same time a budding industry, there are many different things that you can do with it.
Gaming may be the most obvious thing to do with VR. Games are a great example of the immersion that virtual reality creates.
The outside player becomes the player in the game. Everything that the in-game character does is felt by the person outside.
Many famous YouTubers like Jacksepticeye, GTlive, and Markiplier have created videos where they play virtual reality games. Viewers are able to see what they are experiencing and how they look outside the game.
2. Live Experiences
VR opens the world up for everyone, but in particular people with disabilities that may not be able to access things as easily.
Live events can range from concerts to sport matches. You can walk through museums like the Louvre in Paris of the Guggenheim in New York City. You can look at all the art calmly while never leaving your room.
You can feel like you’re flying with the flight experience Birdly by Zurich University’s Interaction Design Program. Not only do you use a VR headset but you also lie on a padded cross-shaped platform. It can move so you flap “your wings.”
On a more practical side, VR can even be used in courtrooms. Instead of looking at photographs of the crime scene, jurors can actually walk through it. They can see the bullet holes and where the body was to get a full idea of what happened.
With the app Oculus Cinema, people can be completely immersed in their favorite movies. It’s like 3D but amplified. There’s also extreme mountain biking, space exploration, roller coaster experiences, visiting college campuses or potential new homes virtually, and so much more.
3. Remote Learning
VR is taking online learning to a new level. With companies like Learnbrite, you can be in a virtual classroom where you can both read and physically see what’s being taught. This is a great option for those who can’t be in a classroom but learn better in that kind of setting.
Toyota is also using this technology to teach teenagers and parents about distracted driving. This allows them to see how easily it is to get distracted and the consequences.
4. Mental Health
VR is great for meditation. You can slip on a pair of virtual reality glasses and instantly be transported to a peaceful setting. This should help lower stress and anxiety in daily life.
Pearson developed an immersion therapy prototype that schools can use to help kids affected by bullying.
It can also help sufferers of PTSD and any other panic disorders. VR creates a safe environment where they can face their fears at their own pace.
A 2014 study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that this kind of therapy alone was good as doing a combo of this therapy and medications for veterans suffering from PTSD.
5. Health Care
The healthcare industry can really benefit from this technology. Some institutions are already using the computer-generated images of patient’s bodies to diagnose and treat them.
There is also training for surgery which can make budding doctors more confident with their skills and focus on the teaching rather than any possible consequence.
Patients can also use it for rehabilitation. In Europe, stroke and brain injury patients are using MindMazeto to regain motor and cognitive function. It seems to work quicker than regular physical therapy.
So Many Options
While the tools to enter virtual reality is expensive, the average cost for it is $800, it could be worth saving for. If you have the money, it’s a good investment to explore the world in a million different ways.