After spending years on the sidelines, Virtual Reality has come to the mainstream, thanks to the innovation from companies like Oculus and Google. But is the technology worth all the hype? Is it really useful for us?
We will try to answer some of these questions in this article.
For decades, VR remained at the fringe of the gaming community. The VR game stations and arcades with their weird headsets were all too familiar for the pre-millennial kids.
But gone are the days of that forced reality. Today’s VR devices are so realistic that our brain cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is simulated. So the manufacturers suggest not to use them for more than 30 minutes at a time.
The advances in VR have also propelled its uses beyond the gaming industry. Here are the top ways in which VR is changing our world.
- Visit new places:
Did you ever want to visit Mars but found no easy modes of transportation?
No problem. Enter VR Mars tours. You can enjoy all the compelling views from the Martian surface while sitting in the comforts of your home. You can dive into the depth of the ocean and enjoy the blissful and serene underwater life too.
- Surgery training
In the past, trainee surgeons had to work on cadaver bodies. Since the number of bodies was limited, the amount of time they spend in actual training used to be low. But with simulated bodies, trainee surgeons can hack away and learn without a worry. VR makes an excellent tool in medical training, not just in surgery, but also to help students visualise the internal functioning of the human body.
- Pilot training
Training new pilots is an expensive affair. The planes are expensive; the fuel is expensive and the overall flight training is cost prohibitive. So both the fighter pilots and civilians are making use of VR simulated training systems to train their new recruits. This is a safer and inexpensive way to get them to learn the basics. Simulation training is now mandatory in almost all training schools.
Picture yourself in the fourth-grade history class. Your teacher is going on and on about the second world war and you are thinking of that game you left on pause at home. But instead of just droning over the material what if your teacher were to take through a VR tour of WWII?
You could hear and see the action as if they transported you back in time. Would you feel more involved?
VR is revolutionising the way education is imparted. Several schools are already using VR to improve the attention level of the students and get them interested in subjects like History, Chemistry and Maths.
Things are moving quick in the VR world. There is a lot that will happen over the next few years. It is an exciting time to be alive. If you are a fan of the technology grab an inexpensive VR headset and get started today.