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What is Virtual Reality?


Virtual reality has the power to alter our lives and the course of history. If you live in one city and want to attend an event in another city without leaving your home, virtual reality can make this happen. Yes, FaceTime and video chats have helped us achieve this to an extent, but they are only available on screens. People are entering a completely new dimension thanks to the next generation of social apps: Virtual Reality. And it promises to change how we approach human connection in the future. In this article, we provide insights into what "Virtual Reality" is, how it works and how you can start using it as well!


The Definition of Virtual Reality

Virtual reality (VR) is an interactive computer-generated experience taking place within a simulated environment. It incorporates mainly auditory and visual feedback, but also other types of sensory feedback like haptics or the sense of touch.


The technology is developed to fully immerse the user in a virtual world, with the aim to be so realistic that it’s impossible to distinguish from reality. By using VR devices such as headsets, you can explore environments and interact with them in ways that weren’t possible before.


How Does Virtual Reality Work?

Virtual reality works by using a VR headset to display computer-generated images (CGIs) that appear as if they are taking place in real life. A VR headset allows you to experience virtual reality by turning your entire field of view into an immersive 3D environment. The device tracks your movements and changes what you see accordingly—for example when you move your head or hands. This is known as “sensorimotor synchrony” and it makes VR experiences more immersive than watching a movie on your television screen. The most popular devices you can use to experience immersive virtual reality are Oculus Quest, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR (PSVR).


How to Experience and Use Virtual Reality

There are many ways to experience and use virtual reality. The first step is to purchase a headset that works for your budget. Once you have this, you can watch 360-degree videos on YouTube, play games with a headset or controller, explore 3D models in CAD software, view photos in Google Cardboard or Daydream View (Google’s VR platform), and more.


You may also want to use VR to create your own content. There are many tools available for this, including Tilt Brush (from Google), Oculus Medium, Blocks (by Facebook’s Oculus team), and Quill by Oculus Story Studio.


Where Is Virtual Reality Right Now?

VR is everywhere now, from video games to education, healthcare, and more. But it’s still in its infancy. Companies like Google and Facebook are investing heavily in VR technology because they believe it will be a major part of the future of computing. With VR becoming more accessible and affordable, many companies are beginning to use it as well—and you can bet that we’ll see even more applications over time.


The Future of Virtual Reality

The future of virtual reality is bright. With the technology becoming more accessible and the quality of experiences increasing, we can expect to see a lot more VR-related products and services in the coming years.


While VR has traditionally been used for entertainment purposes, there are many other ways in which it can be used to improve our lives. For example, it can be applied in education to provide a better learning experience for students or even as an intervention tool for children with autism. Similarly, healthcare professionals are finding new ways of using virtual reality to help people recover from illness or injury faster than ever before!


Businesses are not left out either as we see more and more companies incorporating virtual reality into their marketing strategies. From showing off new products at trade shows to selling luxury items online, businesses are finding that VR does wonders when it comes time to impress customers or attract investors!


Conclusion

Virtual Reality is still very much in its infancy. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this technology, which has the potential to change our lives—and our world—in many ways.


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