What Exactly Is Virtual Reality?
Virtual reality is steadily gaining grounds across all major fields where its application has been found. It’s the latest technology that has got everybody talking and although a good number of people know about this app, it still remains a mystery to some. If you go through a simple app like the USA Today App for instance on an iPad, you will notice they now have a default virtual reality section and this is pretty exciting. A lot of other apps have the same too.
So what is Virtual Reality?
When you go to the virtual reality section of any app, you will be introduced to a lot of virtual reality 360-degree videos and when you click to watch you might have to rotate your tablet to see the content properly but in actuality you haven’t experienced virtual reality just yet. There are still steps that need to be taken. But what is virtual reality?
Virtual reality or virtual realities are also referred to as immersive media or computer simulated reality which replicates a real life environment, whether it’s real or imagined and brings it to the users view in a way that allows the viewer to interact with what he sees. The experience is fully immersive and interactive as the technology creates a sensory experience which is actually artificial. These artificial experiences could be of sight, touch, hearing or smell.
So basically in lay man’s terms, virtual reality is a technology that makes you feel as though you were in another world. It achieves this by tricking you senses of sight, hearing, touch and/or smell into thinking you’re somewhere else. The high end headsets available now which include the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive do a very good job of tricking your senses into believing they are actually someplace else. You actually can’t experience virtual reality without the help of these headsets. The headsets are placed over your eyes on your head and it shuts out all distracting vision from you so you can only see what is displayed within the headset thus creating the immersive experience.
How to Explain VR to A Newbie
It can be difficult to describe virtual reality to someone who doesn’t know anything about it and if you find that you can’t find the right words or the person in question just can’t seem to wrap his head around it, the best bet is for the person to try it out himself.
There are actually a number of places you can try out virtual reality videos if you want to see for yourself what the rave is all about. Best Buy has demos of VR using Gear VR. The Gear VR is a small device which you can insert your phone into and access virtual reality content. Over the next few months, best Buy will also demo the Oculus Rift in its store and Microsoft and Game Stop will demo the HTC Vive in their own store. When these demos become available, anybody curious about the technology can easily go get a glimpse of what it’s all about. And it is almost guaranteed they will enjoy it.