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Virtual World: The New Reality?

Ever wonder what it would be like in a virtual world? I’ve been there, and the feeling is unspeakable!

2016 has definitely been a head turning year for almost everyone across the globe, from NASA’s Juno spacecraft visit to Jupiter, the new iPhone 7, 2016 world Olympics in Rio, to yes, the publication of the Virtual World.

Many will argue & speculate that VR has been around for a long time, which is actually true, & in many places, such as science centers, you can participate in being a part of a virtual experience, along with certain consoles opening the doors with 3D displays. But as for the own personal use of Live VR, it didn’t really kick off until this year.

There’s still a lot to learn about the VR world. It can be very dangerous, if not handled with care, or responsibly, which is why all VR systems come with consumer warnings. PLAYERS BEWARE… YOU’RE IN FOR A SCARE!!!! MUAHAHAHA… sorry, let me focus.

On a serious note, please do be cautious when playing. I have witnessed a lot of people losing it, as far as falling, hurting themselves, breaking things around them, etc. Good thing we can’t drive with theses things, could you imagine?! No bueno.

VR History

The first VR head mount made its debut in 1960, known as the Telesphere Mask. Since then, companies have been working on bring the VR into motion, pun intended. The video game industry has continued to drive the development of consumer virtual reality unabated. Depth sensing cameras sensor suites, motion controllers and natural human interfaces are already a part of daily human computing tasks.

Companies like Google have released interim virtual reality products such as the Google Cardboard, a DIY headset that uses a smartphone to drive it. Companies like Samsung have taken this concept further with products such as the Galaxy Gear, which is mass produced and contains “smart” features such as gesture control.

 

What is VR?

Virtual Reality can be best explained as: the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. Unlike traditional user interfaces, VR places the user inside an experience. Instead of viewing a screen in front of them, users are immersed with things such as goggles, earphones, and even hand & feet equipment to calculate movement. By simulating as many senses as possible, such as vision, hearing, touch, & in some cases even smell, the computer is transformed into a gatekeeper to this artificial world.

 

 Is It Worth It?

I think it is definitely worth it, just from the experience alone. But I think it will be more worth while, in the future, when they have more games & experiences to offer with the systems. I personally tried the VR system through Microsoft, & it was intensely fabulous. I tried out the underwater experience. They also offered rock climbing, but I wasn’t about that life! Ha-ha. I have not tried PlayStation or Samsung’s VR systems. But I’m sure they’re just as amazing. I cannot wait to see what they offer us in the near future.

Are you looking to purchase one? If so, which system will you choose? May the VR be with you!

 

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