If you ever  thought of being an astronaut, the time has come to get off the couch…voila, you have landed on the moon! You won’t only visualize it, you’ll live it! That is what VR is all about. It not only shows, it makes you experience beyond just sight and sound, interact minute by minute through the experience that transforms your virtual world into a real one with simulating number of artificial components.

The Technology

Whenever we think of VR, we think of a head gear, which technically is called head-mounted display. Using this tool’ sensors and logic rules, the user experiences a  simulated environment, just as if it was real whenever they act or move.

A number of emerging hardware and software options will increasingly make VR a mass market product. While Google Daydream, Samsung GearVR and Occulus Rift are currently making a name in the consumer arena, companies like Magic Leap are researching new levels of utility and immersions. It’s time that VR content makers focus on  producing quality and affordable content, consequently,  VR devices’ sales will soar to new levels. .

Importance of Senses

Sound makes a deep impact in VR, as this directs the attention of the users to the key moment within the content. We are getting ahead with interactivity and motion sensing in the VR realm. New research and development paradigm studies are focusing on how the motion or action based cues interact with different components within VR in order to create a more efficient and robust immersive experience.

Making an Immersive Experience

Virtual reality combines various components of content details, and technology to bring forth a captivating and immersive experience. While each immersive VR experience is different, they all have three things in common:

  1. A concept that can raise the imagination.
  2. Fine graphics and perfect rendering of components that give shape to the imagination and concept.
  3. The concept is presented  in the form of a compelling story, keeping people engaged.

Virtual Reality in Industries

From the beginning it was obvious that ‘Gaming’ would be the first industry to reap the benefits of virtual reality.  With newer headsets,  embedded action based triggers, gaming will surely do wonders. Check out how it has already started appearing in the healthcare industry.

Empowering Training, Education, Workforce

Virtual training can cut the cost of expensive training facilities and optimize sensitivity of scenarios. Pilots and military personnel can be trained using VR simulators making the environment more realistic. Teachers can take classes and demonstrate hypothetical theories by displaying them using VR. In manufacturing, workers can perform tasks more efficient and be much more informed in order to  streamline the process flow. Designers are now utilizing VR to create 3d design screenless using tools that make their design easy to simulate and test from the initial stage. Surgeons are training with virtual tools and organs, which can be used simultaneously to  help demonstrate the same process to an ongoing surgical performance in a remote place, far from where the expert is located.  This can help save lives, time, and cost.

Mental Illness Mitigation

Psychotherapy can benefit from VR more than any other medical treatment. Using controlled environment and behavioral therapy, a patient can be treated by making them experience the scenarios, while immersing them within the experience.  The goal is to accelerate their mental healing and reconciling process to face the real world.

It is worth to point out that current headsets are just enough in terms of balancing between a reasonably affordable device and the  highest quality level to experience VR. Resolution might still be  far away from the ideal goal, graphical fidelity takes a big hit when the processing power demands grows, such as with explosions. We are looking forward to a future that will bring more immersive experiences as some elements become more affordable and display technologies improve.  It goes without saying that marketing and sales will gain extensively from VR, which may help to create more employment opportunities. Virtual reality may help  build more user friendly online markets, and may also play a crucial role in the  betterment of poor economic regions of world.

As the VR devices continue to advance in technology and the design processes are streamlined, headsets and glasses may even get lighter in weight.  What would you think about VR lenses for the corneas of our eyes…now that is mind blowing, wouldn’t you say!

Food for thought

Enjoy this Webinar to learn more about the evolution and current state of virtual-reality. During the talk we address the architecture, limitations and usage of these devices and you’ll also discover of Stellarium3D, a Globant Lab’s virtual-reality project.

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