What is Virtual Reality?

Posted on: March 10th, 2016 by VRBeginnersGuide

Virtual Reality is the current buzzword. Tech enthusiasts have been anticipating and eagerly VR Demo for a first time userawaiting this technology for a very long time. If you’re not a tech-savvy person, you might be surprised to know that VR has been on the drawing board for many years now.

People in the tech community knew that it was possible but previous attempts to make a commercially viable system failed. That’s no longer the case.

In 2016, VR devices like Samsung Gear, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift will be introduced to the market. Virtual Reality is now accessible to the normal consumer. Here’s what you need to know about this technology.

How does VR work?

Virtual Reality is the ability to see and interact with a virtual environment. This concept has been aptly represented in movies like The Matrix, Star Trek, and Star Wars. The idea is to have a full, immersive experience where you can see and hear any virtual environment while sitting in your room or at your desk.

For example, you can experience the sights and sounds of walking through the streets of Paris even though you’re in your home in California.

As of now this technology is limited. Only two out of your five senses experience virtual reality. After all, you might be able to see Paris and hear the sounds of Paris, but you’re not going to smell the air of the city or feel the breeze on your skin.

Despite these limitations, the VR experience is entrancing and immersive. The user’s brain feels the experience enough to react and enjoy as though they themselves were there.

VR is Not Just for GamersVR uses other than gaming

VR has been highly anticipated in the gaming community, but it’s a technology that has diverse applications. People can use it to explore different cities and places on Earth. Children can use to learn about the planets, the stars, and the galaxies. VR is widely used for training purposes by the military.

Oculus Rift has already been used in a teaching hospital to train students to perform surgery and other complicated medical procedures.

As you can see, there’s no limit to the benefits of VR. This technology is new and people haven’t fully explored it yet. Most of the VR headsets haven’t seen released in the market yet.

How to Use VR?

Different headsets have different operating procedures. With Cardboard and Gear, you just need to slip your smart phone into the headset and you’re ready to do. Oculus Rift, Vive, and Playstation VR headsets would work differently and you would need to connect them to your PC or PSP.

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