Remember those days when you would say to yourself, “I wish I could travel all over the world!” or maybe “Ah, if only travelling was free you’d never see me again.” Inquisitive?
What if I tell you can visit Times Square on New Year’s Eve, gaze at a mesmerising star-lit night in Paris, or walk through a forest trail through the astounding Amazon and travel anywhere you want?
The prospect is exciting isn’t it! Do you wonder how?
What if you were able to do it all on the same day, while you’re working from home, sipping your favourite coffee brew and hanging out with your friends in your comfy PJs? Is this for Real? Virtual?
Folks, allow me to introduce you to the magical world of Virtual Reality, that allows you to relive your favourite moments, walk down the memory lane and fulfil your dreams and fantasies.
Companies like Google, Samsung, HTC and others have come up with their state-of the art VR devices, which make the immersive experience a dream come alive. With its diverse applications and uses, the possibilities it holds, are endless. And so, needless to say, Virtual Reality is the new kid on the block, and it looks like it’s here to stay.
So, what is Virtual Reality?
Simply put, virtual reality is a 360-degree, 3-D video that inserts you directly into the middle of the action. To watch VR, you need to wear a virtual reality headset—usually strap-on goggles that contain a VR-capable smartphone. The motion sensors in the phone allow you to look in all directions and feel like you’re actually standing in the space. The sights and sounds of the moment surround you, adding to the illusion of being there. Through VR you can virtually travel to places around the world, from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, The Big Ben in London, or even the Colosseum in Rome, to even experience a movie as if you are a part of it, and immerse yourself in a video game without leaving your couch.
As the idea and innovation for Virtual Reality developed, research led its way into various outlets for the same. Virtual Reality can be consumed through various means of different VR headsets – ranging from the inexpensive Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear VR to higher end devices such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Each has its own merit, and demerit but they all deliver the same end product, which is the immersive and ethereal experience that is Virtual Reality. Apart from the engaging headsets, which makes VR another experience altogether, VR can also be viewed through scrolling around on the videos on your personal computers, laptops, tablets and even mobiles. The alluring world of VR can literally be experienced from anywhere you want, be it at home or on the go.