Will Technological Advancements Mean VR Could Become Our New Reality?
A decade ago, virtual reality (VR) was not the mainstream form of entertainment that it now is. Most of us could only experience a different dimension at selected stores and theme parks. However, these days, VR has become so much more accessible thanks to impressive technological advancements over the years.
Therefore, it is likely that more and more people will begin to use VR in their daily lives, whether in their homes or as part of commercial 360 video production to help with their business as digital developments continue at their current pace.
How far has VR come over the years?
Ivan Sutherland was a pioneer in the VR industry over the years, with the American electrical engineer and computer scientist creating the first head-mounted 3D computer display during the 1960s. He later invented a headset that showed computer-generated graphics and created 3D visuals.
While this is considered to be the first type of VR system, it was originally called ‘augmented reality’ until as late as 1987. During this year, engineer Jaron Lanier coined the term ‘virtual reality’ as part of his work contributing several VR products, mostly for the US federal government.
Of course, while VR is a technology that has been around for the last few decades, it was predominantly used by governments and universities until much more recently.
This is, in part, due to VR equipment being much smaller, more transportable, and less expensive.
“VR hardware is now much friendlier, looking less like a torture device and more like a chunky sleep mask,” an article in the Metro stated.
As a result, VR has made its way into the gaming, sports, business, tourism, and entertainment worlds over the last couple of decades.
How will it change for the future?
Technology is constantly changing, and digitalisation of everything we know is becoming the norm. This may include our sense of reality, as more consumers could be tempted to escape into the VR world rather than living their real life.
“Because of how immersive they can be, experts predict that we may choose to spend less time in the real world and more time in a virtual one,” the article read.
Indeed, one of the biggest ways VR could change in the future is its influence on our social experiences.
We already rely on technology to engage with friends, family, and even strangers across the world through social media sites; using VR to connect could simply be the next step.
With as many as 3.4 billion people using social media – a growth of nine per cent from a year ago – nearly half of the whole world are chatting to each other via the internet, according to the latest statistics from Hootsuite.
People use the internet to meet new members, create work contacts, update their friends with photos, share their opinions with acquaintances they know, and play games with those who share similar interests.
When it comes to VR social experiences, this could be “less about meeting new people and more about connecting with the partner, friends and family you already know”, Metro predicted.
Therefore, those with VR headsets will be able to feel much closer to their loved ones by being able to imagine they are, in fact, close by when, in actual reality, they are not.