How VR is shaping the future and the way we teach

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VR technology is revolutionising the world around us. Photo by franz12, Bigstock

We all know that technology has taken over the world, and that sooner or later the world will all be digitised. Our routine tasks will become easier, and we will be able to save a lot of time.

In fact, if you look back at the past few years, you know that the world has already evolved, and almost everything has changed due to technology. Every single day, there’s a new jaw-dropping gadget on the market.

And when we talk about rapidly evolving technology, how can we not talk about virtual reality? If you are unfamiliar with virtual reality, don’t worry. In this article we are going to talk all about virtual reality, its impact, and its future.

What is virtual reality?

Virtual reality is technology which makes us experience, see, and hear things that do not exist in reality. You can also refer to virtual reality as a 3D computer universe which can be accessed through certain gadgets.

There are games based in virtual reality that feel so real, you might even get carried away in that world, and feel as though you are adapting to it. In a nutshell, virtual reality can give you goosebumps.

The benefits of virtual reality:

Now that you understand what virtual reality fundamentally is, let’s now talk about its benefits, and how it is changing the world.

Training

VR is now used by several businesses in order to train their employees. For example, it is used by pilots so that they can learn how to land a plane, and how to manage certain emergency situations. VR is also being used in the medical field by doctors, so that they can avoid making mistakes during an operation. Virtual reality is a surefire way to help pilots, doctors, and even engineers to train themselves and prepare themselves for emergency conditions.

Conferencing

Imagine talking to someone on Skype, and feeling their presence to the point where it felt like they were actually with you? That may sound impossible, but virtual reality has made live conferencing possible, and you can now actually have meetings and conferences using the virtual set-up.

This way, the person you are talking to will not merely be seen on the screen; you will be able to feel their presence as if they are in front of you. Virtual reality conferences and meetings make for more effective communication than a Skype call.

Convenience

With VR, organizations can now save a lot of time and money. For example, an architect can now easily travel from one place to another without actually traveling, and that is possible through virtual reality. As an architect, you can now see, feel, and evaluate the buildings you need to from anywhere at any time. As such, VR can greatly reduce an organization’s travel expenses.

Virtual Reality that affects future

So that’s how VR is already shaping the world. But what about the future? After all, VR is relatively new. How will VR influence the future of our planet?

Web-Based virtual reality

Virtual reality can now be applied to websites, using the virtual reality markup language known as VRML. With it, people will be able to interact and communicate in a better way, especially when it comes to marketing. Marketers will be able to sell their products and interact with their customers in a more effective way.

Collaborative virtual reality

There are already virtual reality games, but in the future, it’s highly possible that all games will be based in VR, as it is more fun to see and feel what’s going on in the game. Very few people know about VR games now, but the future will be more fun and more entertaining with these games.

Augmented reality

Another type of VR that will have a big impact on our lives is augmented reality, where one can visit a myriad of locations and attractions, all while sitting at home on the chair. For example, you will be able to visit a historical site through virtual reality, and there will be 3D maps, guiding you through landmarks, buildings, historical places, and even restaurants.

Fully immersive reality

With fully immersive reality, you will need an extremely powerful computer, one able to detect sounds, sight, and even your movement. It will then adjust your experience as per your senses. With it, you will be able to have a whole different virtual reality experience.

The bottom line

Virtual reality fundamentally traps your mind into believing you live in an alternate 3D world. The central way VR makes this possible is through the stereoscopic show.

Right now, the Vive and the Oculus Rift are known as the two best VR gadgets available on the market. Virtual reality is a computer-generated situation made through code, and then displayed to the user. On a PC, virtual reality is practiced through two of the five senses – sight and sound.

I was very curious about VR. So I researched, read various articles, news stories, and the history, getting the best out of my spectrum internet and my leisure time. This quenched my thirst of knowing how technology is going to evolve in the near future. By the time I finished researching, I was even more excited about VR. I hope you are as well!