Future of Virtual Reality
March 9, 2018
Virtual reality is an amazing technology that presents wide-ranging opportunities. Right now, the limiting factor is the technology, but as the technology improves the limits will only be the ones places by our imaginations.
If TV producers have the right idea then we could see a world where it becomes possible to immerse our consciousness into hyper realistic worlds where we can do anything with no lasting consequences to our bodies – a la altered carbon. There is a theory that has been explored in shows like doctor who, that virtual reality is going to become so advanced that we won’t be able to tell the difference between VR and real life
What might the future hold for VR?
Let’s get the most obvious one out the way first. Gaming is likely to be on the bleeding edge of VR development. The race to make the most realistic and immersive gaming experience is likely to drive the development of VR. Many experts are predicting that it is shared gaming experiences that will be the next big step. Imagine being able to feel the hand of another player as you pull them out of danger.
Film and Television
Film and television are then the next obvious arena for the application of Virtual Reality. Imagine not just being able to watch the action, but to walk through it and watch from whatever vantage point you choose. Think the holodecks in star trek, where you able to be an active participant in the story.
Remote Sight Seeing
VR gives you the opportunity to take google maps a step further than street view, instead of just looking at the street you could be stood on the street, wander the towns and cities you always wanted to visit but couldn’t afford to get to.
Museums could create virtual versions of their exhibits so that you could see all the masterpieces you want, without having to travel to globe.
If you are planning to buy a house, you won’t have to make do with looking at floorplans anymore, you will be able to do a remote viewing of the house, so you can actually feel the dimensions of it. You could even see what it would look like with your furniture in it.
If you can think of any job where mistakes could cost lives, then you are thinking of a job that could benefit from VR. VR offers the ability to train in realistic situations without having to put real lives on the line. This could be in valuable for teaching doctors to perform surgery, pilots how to fly, or lifeboat crews how to sail in dangerous waters.
Quality of Life
I don’t know about you but if VR continues to improve it could almost make you look forward to getting older. Instead of being cooped up in your home because of mobility or health issues, VR will open up the world and allow those people who currently feel isolated to experience a world of wonders they couldn’t before.