Virtual reality has always been looming in our future, but what if I told you that it was closer than you think? The term “virtual reality” has been popping up more and more in recent days, and for good reason.
Virtual reality is no longer just a distant dream. Attendees of Mobile World Congress, Google I/O and the Game Developer Conference were all witness to this. These attendees were able to get some of the first glimpses of virtual reality for the mass market.
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Throughout this year’s Mobile World Congress, virtual reality could be found everywhere you turned. People were wearing large, bulky VR glasses and being immersed in a virtual world. The same has been said for Google I/O and the Game Developer Conference. [Source]
At the Google I/O they handed out cardboard packages to attendees, and for a while, no one knew what to do with them. Later they figured out the cardboard was a place to put your phone. These packages then turned into the gear you needed for Google’s virtual reality. Attendees were soon immersed in the virtual world, and were seeing the streets in Google’s street view along with YouTube videos. Who would have guessed a piece of cardboard would be one of the coolest things at a Google event?
Though virtual reality has been seen at events like these, there is still a lot for VR companies to improve upon. They must condense these headsets for public use, otherwise the cumbersome size will continue to put off some consumers. Right now they are still too bulky and virtual reality companies like Oculus and HTC are all working to make virtual reality something for the everyday person.
Smartphones and Virtual Reality
Virtual reality gear is not something many people are going to go out and buy; however, if you help them take the first step, they may be more inclined to do so. This first step includes many VR companies planning on working with smartphones. Today, nearly everyone you come across has a smartphone, so this is a great idea by VR companies to implement. If customers would only need to buy a small headpiece that can be used with their phones, there is a larger likelihood that the everyday person will go out and purchase one.
Currently, virtual reality is still in the prototype stage but as soon as they are pass this stage and condense the eyewear, we are confident that virtual reality will be on the mass market in no time.
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Where Will Virtual Reality be Used
As of right now, we know that virtual reality is big in the gamer world, but difficult for the average person to consider purchasing. With that said, the future of virtual reality is bright. Yes, it can be used in video games to help gamers fully immerse themselves, but there may also be a future for VR in business. No more will there be a need to travel to and from meetings. With virtual reality, team members or employees can all sit in the same office without being in the same office. Facebook also believes there is a place for it in social media. We just have to wait and see what the future of virtual reality holds because it is here to stay and this is why:
“The simplest way I can put it is that VR technology has finally reached a point where it can reliably cut straight through conscious thought and speak directly to your lizard brain.”