Virtual Reality

virtual reality

What is Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality uses computers, gadgets, and software to make the user feel like they are actually in the environment of a simulation. The simulation could be of a real location, like a museum or an imaginary scene for a video game. The current state of VR technology for consumers is the VR Headset.

There are variety of virtual reality headsets on the market, from a cardboard holder for your smart phone, to a high-end VR headset. A typical VR headset contains lenses that makes the display look farther away, and high resolution display for each eye, sensors to track movement, like when you turn your head. Some VR systems use hand controllers to manipulate objects in the simulation. Headphones can be connected to further immerse yourself into a program.

Virtual reality hardware and software technology is in its infancy. Consumer complaints about VR technology include large heavy headsets, difficult setup, dedicated space, being tethered to a chair, and nausea. These problems limit the time you can comfortably use a VR system. Some are saying that VR will soon be great for socializing, work and education, but until the comfortability and ease-of-use issues are worked out, VR technology will be most popular for short games, movies, virtual visits, and training.

See also Augmented Reality





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