Have you ever wondered how the planet Mars looks like? I know you have. I have too. But of course, we are only left to wonder because as we know, planet Mars does not support life existence so, we cannot go there. So, the much we can do is to wonder.
Well, here is the good news; VR Technology is here to help our curiosity and with it, we can do much more than wondering.
VR technology is an immersive technology that can help you be where ever you want to be without having to leave your destination. So, you can go to Mars while seated in the comfort of your air-conditioned room.
What is VR Technology?
Virtual reality is an imitated or replicated adventure or experience that can be alike to or wholly distinct from the actual or natural world. That is you could be right inside your room, but you are experiencing what it feels like being inside your PS5 as your goal scorer; don’t know if this helps.
That is instead of just watching your PS5 on a display as you control the pads, you are plunged into a digital 3D environment.
VR technology is Computer-generated imagery and content aimed at replicating a real presence through senses (sight, hearing, touch).
With VR tech, a person can interact (see, feel, hear, and smell) within an artificial 3D environment with the use of electronic devices. These electronic devices include specially made goggles with a screen or gloves equipped with sensors.
Basically, the main part of the VR kit is the headset. The Virtual Reality headset is a device that looks similar to a thick pair of goggles that is worn over the eyes.
A computer will be required to connect to the expensive, high-quality headsets to run the various apps and video games. On the other hand, few cheap ones use mobile phone videos in front of the VR headset.
All the VR headsets are required to be used simultaneously with standard quality headphones, and some additional accessories that can be used.
What can VR technology be used for?
This technology has not been utilized. There are so many things humans can do with this technology in every aspect of our daily living; whether in education, health, gaming, etc.
In Education, imagine if as a teacher, it was your high school students you took on a trip to Mars using VR technology; I bet they will always look forward to your next class with them.
VR technology can help students interact with a virtual world. They see, hear, and even smell a virtual environment from the classroom. You can do the imagination of how much fun learning with VR can be.
VR will provide much more realistic images for students to identify with and it will stick to their brains for a very long time.
Virtual field trips using their phones
Skills training: Students will learn faster with virtual reality than they would from watching tutorial videos.
Virtual campus/school visits: Students can visit schools virtually and get to see features of different schools before choosing their preferred institution.
Language immersion: With VR, students can connect with people all over the world; interact with them, and learn new languages without having to travel to different countries.
These are just a few of the very many things VR can be used for in education.
Uses of VR Technology in Medical fields
Treating Chronic Pain: There is various software that is created to turn the attention of the patient’s minds and focus their minds on the VR worlds to provide aid to the patients to relieve the stress and shorten the person’s stay in the hospital.
It also helps in enhanced surgeries, Helps in Fighting Memory Loss, in mental health, and in the treatment of autism.
VR can also be applied in the military, in sports, in fashion, and in medical training, not forgetting the entertainment industry, etc.
Futurescope of VR Technology
The current scenario of Virtual Reality started by Palmer Luckey in 2010, when he made the first prototype of a Virtual Reality headset which evolved further into the Oculus Rift.
Just like every other 21st-century technology, virtual reality is still developing and its potential has not been well harnessed.
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However, it already has years of experimentation behind it and the technology has the potential to improve rapidly.
All that the human race can enjoy from this technology cannot be overemphasized. With the course of time, Virtual Reality will become cheaper and more understandable and then we will appreciate its potential more.
In fact, it is one of the best technology with a very high possibility of growth.
As to the recent forecast released in IDC Research (2018), the investment in VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) will increase 21 times in the coming four years, the market will reach up to 15.5 billion euros by 2022.
Furthermore, both technologies will be pivotal to companies’ digital transformation programs.
Apparently, with the interest big companies like Facebook, Google, and others are showing in VR, it is safe to say that VR is no longer fiction.
It has already been widely used in the current scenario and in our day-to-day lives and activities and, in the years to come, it will help us in the advancement and shaping of the future.