The concept of virtual reality is fairly recent.
“Virtual reality (VR) refers to a computer-generated simulation in which a person can interact within an artificial three-dimensional environment using electronic devices, such as special goggles with a screen” -Investopedia.com, 2019
The first virtual reality headsets open to the public were launched near the date of 2015. Virtual Reality nowadays is used primarily for gaming. Since then, technology as a whole has been getting more and more advanced by the year. The hardware and software available today is multiple times more complex and powerful than it was a few years ago. For example, a top-notch graphics card released in 2017 is capable of outputting 8.9 Teraflops (a term that measures how powerful a graphics card is.) However, a graphics card released in September of 2020 is capable of outputting 36 Teraflops. The graphics cards this year are 4 times more powerful than the ones 3 years ago!
Now, while graphics cards are improving, so is virtual reality technology. In 2019, FaceBook launched its first stand-alone VR headset, the Oculus Quest. This allowed users to use a headset without needing an extra computer that runs programs.
Facebook’s Quest 2 (an updated version of the Quest) launched at a price tag of only $300, showing that virtual reality can be used by almost anyone.
Virtual Reality is used for many reasons other than gaming, however. For Example, There are many different chat applications available in virtual reality where people can chat in a virtual room. They can view other avatars and simultaneously interact with the virtual space around them.
This format could be very useful in meetings and classrooms nowadays. Schools could take place in a virtual environment where students can be represented as avatars and teachers can write on a virtual whiteboard. This format of teaching will help students focus on their class and be more engaged in their lessons.
It will also be better in meetings, where people can discuss their job in a more realistic environment, similar to an office. It will help people be more productive because it creates the illusion of working in an office, which is the most ideal workspace.
Virtual Reality can also be a place to watch concerts, sports, and movies.
As a matter of fact, it is.
NBA made a collaboration with Oculus where you could virtually sit in the first row of a live basketball game. You can be watching a basketball game in real-time from the first row of a stadium.
Watching movies in virtual reality has been around for quite a while. The first headset that could play media through a headset launched in 2016. While a few 360-degree experiences are available, you can pretty much watch any show or movie on a Virtual 2D computer or TV inside of a virtual environment.
Virtual Reality also has the capability of being a laptop used for web browsing and working. Oculus has made a software called “Infinite Office” where you can work on assignments on a virtual screen through an oculus, accessible anywhere.
Virtual Reality is capable of doing everything a computer does and more. It is the next generation of tech, the next leap.
The future is coming. The question is,