Serious virtual reality technology and applications are on the cusp of migrating across the globe and radically changing the way we live, work and play.
The internet can be considered the greatest technological human marvel created to date. Thinking of how rapidly information is spread along with our ability to communicate, learn and manipulate information within seconds, it’s safe to say nothing has quite surpassed it yet.
But what of future technologies that promise to change the way we live, work and play?
3D printers, augmented reality and virtual reality spring to mind. In this article we’ll be focusing on the latter with some exciting applications for VR that should get you pumped for the coming years.
Virtual reality has been around for a while. I remember sitting in awe in my room for hours with a humble Samsung Gear virtual reality headset strapped over my eyes. And despite the fact that it was a less than crisp viewing experience, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the thought of VR becoming a reality after seeing it depicted so often in sci-fi movies.
Not it’s truly coming along leaps and bounds. And with more big brand names making their own VR hardware, expect it to take flight and spread across the globe very soon.
5 exciting uses for virtual reality
We have to start with the most obvious and probably most anticipated of all virtual reality applications. VR takes a beautiful idea – escapism – and elevates it to new heights with completely immersive games.
More adrenaline, more excitement, more fear, more bliss.
The real question is, what will we do when virtual worlds exceed our in every way?
We’ve had full blown cinemas in our VR headsets for a while now, but they’re yet to be as crisp and clear as an actual theatre experience. Once the technology catches up, there’ll be no need to leave the house.
In fact, there is already an awesome VR cinema app called Big Screen that lets you watch movies together with your friends as avatars.
Things will start to get real exciting for VR cinema when interactive movies come into play. Imagine this: a movie experience that let’s you explore the scene from every angle, and even interact with it, altering the storyline depending on your actions.
Meeting people online isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, it’s becoming a rarity in parts of the world to find two people who have met organically in the past 2 years.
And for better or for worse, virtual reality is going to make the process even more accessible and downright fun.
Imagine being able to participate in all your favourite activities together in a virtual space without ever having to meet. It’s a gateway to get to know each other on a more personal level before making the leap with a real-life interaction.
Even crazier is the thought of avatars being developed to the point where they appear completely lifelike. With the recent explosion of Deep Fakes on YouTube, consider this to become a reality very soon.
Exploring beyond our reach
Google Earth was a wonder in itself, and still partial to providing brief moments of joy on rainy days. Instead, imagine flying around the globe in your VR headset and exploring all the nooks and crannies mother Earth has on offer.
You’ll save a fair lump on airfare tickets at the very least.
Advertising is invasive already in 2019, and while VR will only amplify this, I can’t help but feel excited by the thought of an oncoming epileptic fit due to the array of whacky flashing banners and promotions.
Of course, the beauty of virtual reality is that we can take our headsets off and escape whenever we damn please. But things will get really intrusive when augmented and mixed reality starts creeping its way into out day to day lives.
Technology is moving faster than our fragile brains can comprehend (quite literally). As we plummet into a future of A.I, automation and mixed reality, it’s important we make the right moral decisions and use our tools for the betterment of our species.
There are so many exciting uses for virtual reality that will be presenting itself to us before we know it. The question is, will it be our greatest feat or our reckoning?