As an inquisitive species, we have always been able to create solutions in order to interact with the physical world in a more effective way. These have come in the form of ‘extensions’ to our hands; tools that we invented such as hammers for example. Virtual reality has allowed us to surpass the limitations of physical tools however, and participate in anything that can be computed. If you want to explore the depths of the Atlantic ocean and get up-close and personal with a great white shark for example, with virtual reality technology, you can.
This idea of VR has been with us for some time; futuristic scenes in movies have partly predicted the way in which our world is now changing. But it is only relatively recently that the technology has actually been developed; experiencing and being immersed in this virtual world is now more affordable and therefore accessible than ever. From playing games, to learning about dinosaurs or attending concerts from the comfort of your own couch, our lives are being changed by this innovative technology and almost every sector has something to gain from it.
For those who enjoy gaming, the attraction is obvious – being able to fully place yourself in the virtual world of a game means you are likely to spend more time in it than if it was on your phone, computer, or tablet screen. But VR has proven that it is not just about entertainment. It has extended its appeal and is thus changing other sectors such as the workplace.Training and simulations have been transformed thanks to VR; rather than spending hundreds of thousands on expensive machinery, people are now able to experience a comprehensive simulation of what they need to do whether it’s practicing take off and landing a plane, or planning open-heart surgery.
Education & Journalism
Future generations aren’t being left behind either. Virtual reality technology is bringing textbooks to life by allowing children to take virtual field trips to Europe, rural villages in Africa, or any other destination on their curriculum. What better way to learn than to actually experience cultures and traditions up close?This also stands true for journalism – you can put yourself at the scene of an earthquake, feel what it’s like to ride a helicopter above a big city, and much more.
Travel with Virtual Reality Technology
This idea of visiting any destination is one of the most remarkable features ofvirtual reality. Being able to visit a place without ever leaving the comfort of your own home is undoubtedly appealing; no tickets, luggage, or long lines to worry about. Pick up a VR set and dive in to a whole new world without any hassle. As the saying goes, the world really is your oyster, but you can add to that the moon, and in the next few years, other planets as well. Virtual reality technology is giving a whole new meaning to the word ‘travel’. The only limit is your imagination. And if you’re already visiting another country, why not check out their music scene as well? Attend concerts you never would have been able to attend or watch acrobats as they tumble over-head without buying a ticket. Don’t fancy being in a big crowd? That’s fine, choose to have a private concert instead!
We’re Better Together
With all the technology available to us today including internet calls, video messaging and live chat, there is still a lingering barrier to actually being present amongst friends and family. Fortunately, virtual reality is shaking up the industry by creating technology that gives us the feeling of actually being in the same place. Imagine sitting around the dinner table with your family from the other side of the world. This isn’t as far-fetched as it would have seemed a mere couple of years ago, as 3-D cameras are now creeping their way in to the average consumer’s hands and virtual reality gear is becoming more affordable.
As technology is getting smarter, we reap the rewards by having access to these incredible experiences and even gaining new skills as a result.VR technology will undoubtedly increase the capacity of people to telecommute and work together across national boundaries. It is already bringing us closer together.
Imagine though, if we could take the virtual reality technology which is available to us now, and make it even more powerful. What if you could enhance your virtual reality experience by being able to feel everything you were seeing or hearing? Woojer is aiming to do just that – to change and enhance your experience in all of the above-mentioned sectors. Feel every vibration whilst landing a plane, hear every tone whilst listening to the London Philharmonic. How would this change the VR field and what impact will it have on the way we already communicate today?