Virtual reality (VR) is a technology which enables the user to connect with a computer-simulated environment; it can be imaginary or a real one. Virtual reality is an experience which nobody can see because it doesn’t exist in reality. It is like closing your eyes and experiencing the music as if you are in front of a live artist. So basically it is experiencing things that do not exist.
Most current virtual reality environments are primarily visual experiences, displayed either through a special stereoscopic or displays computer screen, but some simulations include additional sensory information, such as sound through headphones or speakers.
Some advanced, haptic systems now include important information, generally known as force feedback, in medical and gaming applications.
Users can interact with a virtual environment either through the use of standard input devices such as a mouse and keyboard, or through multimodal devices such as the Polhemus boom arm, wired glove or omnidirectional treadmill.
The simulated environment can be very similar to the reality for example, simulations for pilot or combat training, or it can differ significantly from reality, as in VR games.
Virtual reality is a very large world and the person viewing can see everything around him. One can even access very detailed areas around the world. Virtual reality looks so real and is very associated. It gives the viewer an opportunity to move around the environment he is surrounded in. Users can easily get carried away in a virtual reality world because it makes you think like you are in an actual real experience and you respond to the world you experience around you.
Types of Virtual Reality
Virtual reality app development has been of major concern as we have had various people setting up or establishing a Virtual reality app development company. There are different types and they include:
- Non-immersive reality
This type can be seen in the virtual reality flight simulator. It has a widescreen PC with a surround system and comes along with accessories like headphones. It is non–immersive reality because the viewer does not get fully immersed in the reality this device produces. It won’t give a viewer the experience of being back in time but one would still get a virtual reality experience.
- Fully immersive reality
One would experience full virtual experience because this type of virtual reality comes along with a very high tech computer. This powerful computer must be able to detect sight, sounds, and movement. It should be able to adjust the person’s experience. The viewer would have a head-mounted display. To achieve the fully immersed virtual reality, the device will make use of a sound system and two monitors.
- Augmented reality
Here the user will have an experience in such a way that it feels like a virtual reality experience. One can’t define it as an unreal experience but an experience of the reality around us. For instance, when a person visits an historical site on the internet, there are 3D mappings that would show the person buildings, landmarks, historical locations and other information. One can move around areas in the computer to see fascinating historical sites using a smartphone.
Collaborative reality is in the form of virtual reality games and they are not fully immersive. This virtual reality gives the user an interactive experience and so one can even share their experience with other people in the virtual world.
According to a recent study scientists have discovered ways to make use of virtual reality over the internet using the Virtual Reality Markup Language (VRML). This gives people an opportunity to discover new and interesting things the internet can offer. Also, people get to interact and have real experiences with their friends on social media.
Is Virtual Reality Only for Entertainment?
People believe that virtual reality can only be useful for games and this is not at all true as there are other ways it can be used. Virtual reality is not just a world for entertainment but it has also been used by many professionals for information and research purposes. Engineers, Dentists, Doctors, Archaeologists and even the Military have used virtual reality for over thirty years.