What do you imagine when you hear the words ‘virtual reality’ (VR)? Someone wearing a black helmet attached to a computer with a thick cable? If you think like that, you will be considered one among the individuals who lack true VR experience. In fact, if you ask me to define VR, I would say that VR is an experience. Yes . In a VR environment, a user experiences the feeling of being inside and a part of that world. In other words, we can say it is a combination of interactivity and immersion. Computer scientist Jonathan Steuer defines this type of experience as “the extent to which one feels present in the mediated environment, rather than in the immediate physical environment”.
I hope that you will come to know more about VR technology when I explain its benefits.
I know that everyone likes to watch movies. Have you experienced the thrill of watching cinemas in VR theater? Try it once. That would be the most unforgettable experience for you. Greenlight Insights research reveals that consumers are most interested to watch cinemas in the VR theater. How is cinema in VR different from classic cinema? In a classic cinema, a movie watcher is just an observer. But in VR, movie watcher is at the center of the action. As every scene unfolds, the watcher has the choice to look in whichever direction he or she wants and become absorbed in whatever part of the action they choose.
Attraction for children
Like how bee gets attracted to a flower, children of this present era are much attracted towards VR. In particular, children love to play games through VR. A VR game usually involves a three-dimensional image that can be explored interactively on a computing device by manipulating keys, mouse or touch screen. In a VR game, a person can experience being in a three-dimensional environment and interact with that environment during a game. Children nowadays love to go to theme park because VR has added a new dimension to theme park rides. Not only children but also adults like to go to VR-enabled theme parks. For example, take roller coaster ride. You already knew the thrill of roller coaster rides. But have you experienced the thrill of VR-enabled roller coaster rides? In recent years, many amusement parks have implemented the use of VR in their rollercoaster rides. The rider takes the ride wearing VR headset and experience all twists and turns. With the help of VR headset, the rider enters a new dimension and experiences new things. The combination of VR and rides create a thrilling experience to visitors. While there are lots of theme parks in America and Europe beginning to employ VR on certain rides, China went one step further several years ago building a theme park purely dedicated to VR. This witnesses the level of significance given to VR in amusement park.
In summary, VR entails presenting our senses with a computer-generated virtual environment that we can explore in some fashion. We can expect to see many more innovative uses for the technology in the future and perhaps a fundamental way in which we communicate and work, thanks to the possibilities of VR.