Have You Tried Virtual Reality?

By Melissa Neilson
Jan 24,2017
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Virtual reality is a computer-generated environment that lets you experience a different reality. A VR headset fits around your head and over your eyes, and visually separates you from whatever space you're physically occupying. Images are fed to your eyes from two small lenses. They can be powered by an app on your phone or hooked up to a computer. Now here is something to get excited about. Through VR you can virtually visit different countries, encounter dinosaurs and animals in the wild, and experience a movie or video game as if you were part of it.
 
VR has become a place to view films, concerts and theatrical experiences that surround you. New cameras are being created to capture these stories. Obviously, video games are one of the main applications for virtual reality as of today. But, VR will give game designers the freedom to take games to to the next level. Players can just reach out and touch things, and turn their head to look, instead of mastering a complex controller. Consumers can view properties or go shopping for clothes without leaving their home. Students could take a class trip to 'virtually' anywhere, or try an open-heart surgery without any risks. These simulations could offer practice runs at techniques, designs and ideas.
 
Virtual tourism is the next best thing to being there. You could visit Europe, the Moon, or the bottom of the ocean. The technology used is 360-degree video from multiple angled cameras that someone shot, or a computationally generated 3D simulation, One day, you may be able to explore your own memories as well — imagine recording them with a 360-degree camera, then looking around to see what you missed in the moment.
 
Have you tried VR? 
 
 

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