Whether you are tech-savvy or not, you have probably heard of VR? Virtual Reality has gained significant recognition in the past few years. In this article, we want to explore together what VR is all about, some of the major advancements in the field and how it is impacting our lives.
What Is VR?
Virtual Reality is an immersive computer-generated world that provides us with a real-world view. The virtual reality headset includes hardware that tracks a person’s movements. It consists of a screen that is housed in a frame fitted to your head. Thanks to a pair of lenses (VR glasses), it appears as though your entire world is what you see through the headset.
Usually, you can choose specific aspects of the simulated environment that you want to control. This allows you to personalize your experience and get the most out of it.
How Has VR Grown?
There have been significant advancements in VR in the last few years. More than 85% of the VR headsets that were sold in 2016 were mobile-based. More and more market players (Oculus, Google Daydream VR, Samsung Gear VR, etc.) put efforts into navigating VR towards mainstream adoption. Besides, there are more and more investments in research and development that aim at using VR as a tool for accelerating market growth.
How Is VR Changing our Lives?
Virtual reality is not about creating an alternative world. VR helps us experience a life-like reality. Advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) will help virtual reality impact our lives even more significantly in just a few years.
When it comes to training and education, VR technology can help companies decrease costs. This can allow more employees to get access to high-quality training. On the one hand, this can be very useful for training soldiers, firefighters, etc. On the other hand, it is a valuable tool in times of a pandemic when social distancing is more than recommendable.
Furthermore, VR can impact significantly areas such as tourism and travel. Thanks to virtual reality we can now visit places and museums all over the world without leaving our homes. First, this is a great way to provide a ‘try it before buy its experience. Second, it can turn into another source of income for the touristic branch.
To sum up, VR is not only here to stay, but also to significantly change the way we live, work, study and socialize. We can only guess what the best VR headset will look like in 2030. Yet, hopefully, we will get more and more capable of using technological advancements for good.